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

Government to Study Unwanted Horse Issues

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

Seized Texas Horses Returned to Owner

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

Equine Rescue Gets Surprise Makeover

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

Seized Texas Arabians Placed in Adoptive Homes

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

Horse Rescues Prepare for Long Winter Ahead

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

BLM Plan Would Relocate Wild Horses

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

Illegal Horse Meat Sales Result in Two Arrests

Two Miami, Fla., 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

Texas Authorities Seize Horses, Other Livestock

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

Horse Rescues Get Creative to Combat Donation Recession

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

Arrest Made in BLM Horse Shootings

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

Man Charged in Barrel Horse Theft

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

Mustangs Find New Homes on National Adoption Day

More than 400 mustangs found adoptive homes this weekend during a series of National Wild Horse Adoption Day events sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and wild Read More

Miami Horse Poaching: Another Arrest Made

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

Miami Horse Poaching: Arrest, Criminal Charges Made

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

National Wild Horse Adoption Day Aims for 1,000 Homes

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

Florida Horse Poaching Information Rewards Rise to $20K

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

Tampa Police Investigate Horse Theft

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

Information Sought on S.C. Captive Bolt Horse Shooting

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

Pryor Mustang Gather Complete, Some Horses Returned to Range

The majority of horses from the Pryor Mountain herd are back on the range now that their controversial gather is complete.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began removing the Read More

Walking Horse Breeders' Kentucky Incentive Funds Tied to HPA Compliance

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

Miami Gardens Horse Reported Butchered

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

Former Owners of Seized Retired Polo Ponies Sought

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

Florida Horse Shot in Pasture, Police Investigating

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

Judge Allows Controversial Mustang Gather

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

Stolen Barrel Horse Recovering

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