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
October 27, 2009
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has been tasked with examining how horse processing plant closures have affected equine welfare. The GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that provides Congress with objective, fact-based Read More
October 26, 2009
More than 30 horses removed from a petting zoo at a Texas feed store will be returned to their owner.
Dallas County law enforcement authorities and SPCA of Texas personnel Read More
October 23, 2009
A New Hampshire equine rescue got an unexpected makeover earlier this month thanks to a local filmmaker and a more than 100 construction-savvy volunteers.
The volunteers arrived unannounced at the Equine Protection of North America (EPONA) Read More
October 19, 2009
The majority of the Egyptian Arabian horses removed from a Texas breeding farm in August are now residing in new homes.
More than 70 animals were removed from the Renazans Read More
October 11, 2009
Tawnee Preisner doesn't need a calendar to know that winter is approaching--all she has to do is count the number of inquiries she receives from horse owners wanting to place their animals at her California equine rescue. Calls from financially Read More
October 09, 2009
Thousands of wild horses would be relocated from their traditional Western ranges to preserves in the East and Midwest under a proposed plan unveiled in a letter from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to congressional leaders on Wednesday. Read More
October 08, 2009
Two Miami, Fla.,Â men are facing charges after allegedly selling horse meat to an undercover police officer.
Miami-Dade Police arrested Roberto Chavez and Ricardo Olivarez on Tuesday after the pair allegedly sold the officer 10 Read More
October 07, 2009
More than 30 horses are among 386 animals in SPCA of Texas custody after authorities seized them from a petting zoo located behind a Dallas County feed store.
Dallas County law enforcement authorities and SPCA of Texas personnel remove Read More
October 01, 2009
In a stubbornly stagnant economy and with winter fast approaching, equine rescue operators are finding creative ways to attract financial support from beyond their traditional contributor bases.
Equine welfare agencies began to feel the Read More
October 01, 2009
A former Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee faces multiple charges in connection with the fatal shooting of three horses located in a federal corral in Rock Springs, Wyo., in Read More
September 30, 2009
A Fort Pierre, S.D., man faces multiple charges in connection with the theft of Dually, a champion barrel racing horse allegedly stolen from the Stanley County fairgrounds in July. Read More
September 28, 2009
September 22, 2009
A second Florida man is in custody in connection with two horse poaching incidents, including the death of horse in Miami Gardens butchered for its meat.
Miami-Dade Police arrested Santiago Cabrera, 19, on Monday in connection with Read More
September 17, 2009
A Florida man faces multiple criminal charges in connection with two horse poaching incidents including the death of a horse in Miami Gardens butchered for its meat.
The horse was Read More
September 16, 2009
People considering adopting a wild horse might find their equine matches at one of 35 events taking place nationwide during National Wild Horse Adoption Day Sept. 26.
Currently about 33,100 mustangs roam federal lands in 10 Western states. Read More
September 15, 2009
The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a series of horse poaching incidents in Florida rose to $20,000 today when Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade County Inc. increased its reward offer to $15,000. Read More
September 14, 2009
Police in Hillsborough County, Fla., are seeking two men and a woman suspected of stealing five horses from a Seffner pasture on Sept. 5.
The stolen horses were among eight located in the pasture when the suspects cut a fence, drove a Read More
September 11, 2009
The owner of a Quarter Horse mare found dead in its South Carolina pasture last month is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoeve Read More
September 10, 2009
The majority of horses from the Pryor Mountain herd are back on the range now that their controversial gather is complete.
September 10, 2009
Tennessee Walking Horse breeders in Kentucky who are found to be noncompliant with Horse Protection Act (HPA) anti-soring rules will be unable to receive breeders' incentive funds under new Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) regulations. Read More
September 10, 2009
Investigations into a series of horse poaching incidents in Florida expanded again on Wednesday when a horse was discovered dead in the paddock of a Miami Gardens ranch.
The Read More
September 09, 2009
An equine welfare advocate is hoping to reunite polo ponies seized from a farm owned by Polo Pony Retirement Foundation operator Nancy Mackall in August with former owners who want them back.
Twenty equines were residing on the farm when Read More
September 04, 2009
Polk County Sheriff's Deputies are seeking information about the shooting death of a horse in its Davenport, Fla., pasture.
Owner Jim Andrews discovered the Quarter Horse mare missing on Sept. 1 when it failed to return to the barn with its Read More
September 03, 2009
The roundup of more than 190 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) horses from the Pryor Mountain herd got under way on Thursday after a U.S. federal judge ruled against a group that tried to prevent the gather.
The roundup was originally Read More
September 02, 2009
A champion barrel horse is recovering from injuries sustained when it was allegedly stolen during a rodeo event in South Dakota in July, but its competitive future remains in question, said owner Wendy Halweg.
Halweg and her horse Read More