Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

Articles by Pat Raia

Pennsylvania Man Charged in Police Horse Theft

A Lancaster, Pa., man is behind bars after stealing a police horse earlier this week.
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Charges Filed in Oklahoma Horse Dragging Incident

A man was charged with animal cruelty after allegedly using an all-terrain vehicle to drag a horse down a road Read More

South Carolina Horse Theft Investigated

Two other horses residing in the same pasture as the stolen horse were not disturbed during the incident. Read More

Three Plead Guilty in HPA Violation Case

The three were accused of applying equine soring practices and falsifying forms required to show the animals. Read More

New York Bill Would Make Horse Abuse a Felony

The bill would make it a felony to maltreat a horse used for recreation or those being rehabilitated. Read More

Washington Drive-By Horse Shooting Probed

Witnesses say a pickup truck stopped on the road near the horse's pasture and an occupant shot the animal. Read More

N.Y. Bill Would Create Statewide Cruelty Convict Registry

Convicted animal cruelty offenders would be required to register with a statewide animal cruelty database. Read More

Judge Allows Wild Horse Advocates to Join Wyoming Case

Three wild horse advocacy groups have joined a case surrounding mustangs that have strayed onto private lands. Read More

Southern Arkansas University Police Seek Horse Thieves

The thieves made off several horses from the stables at the school's Magnolia campus earlier this week. Read More

Not Guilty Plea Entered in New York Cruelty Case

A woman accused of maltreating horses on her Saratoga County property has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Read More

South Carolina Horse Shooting Investigated

Authorities are seeking those responsible for the shooting death of a horse in Anderson County last month. Read More

Maryland Men Charged in Wild Horse Shooting

The pair are facing charges in connection with the death of a wild horse at the Assateague National Seashore. Read More

California Rancher Faces 70 Animal Cruelty Charges

Dwight Bennett allegedly starved more than 50 horses on his ranch; Faces 70 counts of animal cruelty. Read More

Rancher Convicted on Mustang Cruelty Charges Paroled

Jason Meduna, who was convicted on multiple felony animal cruelty counts, has been granted parole. Read More

Michigan Authorities Probe Horse Shooting

Michigan authorities are investigating the shooting death of a mare discovered fatally wounded in her field. Read More

California Man Charged in Animal Cruelty Case

A California man is facing cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of more than 50 horses. Read More

Rally Protests Nevada Stray Horse Roundup

Equine welfare advocates rallied Oct. 25 against a plan to remove stray horses from a Northern Nevada range. Read More

Oregon Horse Shooter Sought

Oregon authorities are seeking whoever is responsible for the shooting deal the a horse in Yoncalla. Read More

Florida Thoroughbred Found Butchered

A Thoroughbred horse was discovered butchered alongside a road in northwest Miami-Dade County, Fla., Oct. 20. Read More

Horses Unharmed After Ohio Exotic Animal Release Incident

A herd of horses remains unharmed after their owner released exotic animals from their cages last week. Read More

New York Horse Owner Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

A New York woman is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of hors Read More

Louisiana Youths Charged in Horse Thefts

Two juveniles are facing charges for allegedly stealing seven horses from a Louisiana animal control shelter. Read More

Tennessee Trainer Pleads Guilty to Soring Charges

Paul Blackburn has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he conspired to violate the Horse Protection Act. Read More

Nevada Agricultural Authorities to Reduce Stray Herd

Stray horses from a private range in Northern Nevada likely will be relocated to a correctional facility. Read More

Owners of Stray Caddo Parish, La., Horses Sought

Louisiana authorities are seeking the owners of three horses discovered wandering in Caddo Parish on Monday. Read More