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

Border Patrol Impounds Horses

Six horses are in USDA/Animal and Plant Health Services (APHIS) custody after U.S. Border Patrol agents impounded them from a pair of alleged smugglers near the California-Mexico border. Read More

Judge Allows Colorado Mustang Gather

A federal court judge has denied wild horse advocates' motion for an injunction to prevent a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustang gather in Colorado. The BLM began gathering wild horses that had moved outside of the Read More

West Virginia Rescue Operator Pleads Guilty

The operator of a West Virginia equine rescue will pay a $1,000 fine and is prohibited from owning animals for five years after pleading guilty to one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty under a plea deal Read More

New York Animal Abuser Registry: Database Designer Offers Boost

The operator of an online database that tracks animal abuse cases nationwide is offering to help animal welfare authorities in New York develop the nation's first registry for convicted animal abusers. Earlier this month, lawmake Read More

Psychological Evaluation Ordered in Florida Horse Poaching Case

Santiago Cabrera, who along with Luis Miguel Cordero, is accused of poaching two horses and butchering them for their meat in Florida, will undergo neurologic and psychological testing to determine his competence to stand trial for the crimes. Read More

Reward Offered in University of Tennessee at Martin Horse Shooting Case

Officials at the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) are hoping that the offer of a $1,000 reward will lead to the arrest of whoever is responsible for shooting a horse used by the school's equestrian team. Bud Grimes, UTM's direct Read More

Charges Filed in Illinois Cruelty Case

An Illinois man is facing animal cruelty charges after allegedly beating his horse, according to a spokesperson for the Edgar County State's Attorney's Office. Dennis Hollingsworth was charged with one count of cruelty to animals and on Read More

Castration Clinics Address Unwanted Horse Issues

When Alison LaCarrubba, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, head of the College of Veterinary Medicine's equine ambulatory section, learned the Unwanted Horse Coalition would lend financial support to establish a castration Read More

New York Legislators Pass Animal Abuser Registry Law

The names, addresses, and photographs of convicted animal abusers residing in one New York county will soon be displayed online thanks to a new law that establishes the first animal abuse offender database in the nation. Unanimously Read More

Suit Seeks Halt to Colorado BLM Mustang Gather

A group of wild horse advocates has asked a federal judge to stop the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from carrying out a scheduled mustang gather in Colorado on grounds that the roundup violates federal regulations. The agency plans Read More

Charges Pending in North Carolina Cruelty Case

Animal welfare authorities have filed multiple animal cruelty warrants for a Thoroughbred horse breeder who allegedly maltreated 35 animals on property he leased in Davie County, N.C. Bob DeWitt, animal cruelty investigator for the D Read More

West Virginia Rescuer Charged

The operator of a West Virginia horse rescue has been charged with multiple animal cruelty counts in connection with the alleged maltreatment of animals on her Martinsburg farm. Last month, Berkeley County law enforcement authorities Read More

Georgia Farm Operator Charged

A Georgia man is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment on his Habersham County farm. County animal control authorities and personnel from the Read More

Canadian Protests Target Horse Processing

More than 100 anti-slaughter protestors targeted horse processing plants, restaurants, and specialty butcher shops in 10 Canadian cities yesterday to promote support of C-544, legislation that would amend the Canadian Health of Animals Act to f Read More

Convicted Ohio Horse Trainer Sentenced

Robin Vess, the Ohio horse trainer found guilty in April on more than 40 counts of second degree misdemeanor animal cruelty for maltreating Arabian horses on her Oak Read More

New Motion Seeks Halt to BLM Activities

A wild horse advocate is asking a federal court to stop the Bureau of Land Management from rounding-up animals anywhere gathers are planned. In a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Reno, Nev., on Sept. 24, Laura Leigh asked the c Read More

Wild Horses: New Mexico Plan Would Create Nation's First State-Owned Sanctuary

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson wants his state to be the first to establish a state-owned sanctuary for wild horses. On Sept. 16 Richardson announced he would use $2.8 million in funds awarded to the state under the American Rec Read More

Georgia Horses Under Care After Seizure

A herd of 40 allegedly maltreated horses are under rehabilitative care after their removal from a Clarkesville, Ga., property on Monday. Habersham County Director of Animal services Jason Smith said county animal control authorities Read More

Utah Fire Forces Horse Evacuations

More than 80 horses are residing at a Salt Lake County, Utah, equestrian center after a wild fire forced them from their homes this past weekend. The fire broke out early Sunday afternoon when a training exercise at Camp Williams, a Read More

Bill Would Establish Corolla Wild Horse Population Level

A bill that would establish permanent population levels for a wild horse herd residing on North Carolina's Outer Banks is pending in the U.S. House of Representatives' Natural Resources Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife. Read More

New Kansas City Law Protects Police Horses

Anyone who abuses, teases, or otherwise interferes with a police horse in Kansas City, Mo., could face criminal charges and penalties including fines of up to $500 and 180 days in jail, according to a new ordinance that went into effect in that Read More

Digital Image Makers Partner with American Humane Association

A California company that uses green screen technology to produce digital images of horses and other animals for use in print and film advertisements and other applications has partnered with the American Humane Association, a national organiza Read More

Texas Regulators to Reconsider Proposed Equine Dentist Rule

The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners will reconsider a proposed rule that would prohibit so-called "lay equine dentists" in that state from using motorized or air-powered files to float horses' teeth without the direct supervision Read More

Plea Deal Offered in Florida Horse Poaching Case

Two Florida men accused of poaching two horses and butchering them for their meat will soon decide whether they will accept a plea deal in the case or go to trial for multiple felony charges. Miami-Dade County law enforcement authori Read More

Judge Denies Ohio Woman's New Trial Bid

Former Ohio Arabian horse trainer Robin Vess, who was found guilty on multiple animal cruelty charges in April, has lost her bid for a retrial. Animal welfare authorities charged Vess with 42 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty in F Read More