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

USDA Seeks Comments on Proposed Animal Export Rule Updates

The proposed rules would only pertain to animals intended for permanent export from the United States. Read More

App Connects New York Police With State Animal Statutes

The app is designed to give law enforcement personnel easy access to New York's animal laws. Read More

Massachusetts Firefighters Save Horses After Roof Collapse

None of the 15 horses rescued from the barn were injured in the collapse. Read More

Charges Dismissed in Vermont Arabian Horse Cruelty Case

Animal cruelty charges against a Vermont woman accused of maltreating 23 Arabian horses have been dropped. Read More

Kentucky House Passes Estray Horse Bill

The legislation would reduce the number of days Kentucky counties must keep estray animals in their custody. Read More

Oregon Horse Herd Seized

Authorities have seized nearly 40 allegedly maltreated horses from a farm in Dallas, Oregon. Read More

Proposed Bill Would Give Wild Horse Management to States

The legislation would place wild horses under state and Native American tribe jurisdiction rather than under the BLM's. Read More

South Dakota Authorities Probe Horse Shooting

Authorities hope the public can help identify who shot and killed a horse near the city of Mitchell. Read More

Appeals Court Rules Against USDA on Soring Penalties

The court ruled that the USDA doesn't have authority to require minimum penalties for Horse Protection Act violators. Read More

Arizona Miniature Horse Association Vice President Charged

The Miniature Horse Association of Arizona's vice president has been charged with multiple animal cruelty counts. Read More

Texas Man Accused of Dragging Donkey

A Texas man is behind bars after being accused of dragging a donkey behind his truck for at least five miles. Read More

Coyote Hunters Lose Licenses after Killing, Wounding Horses

Two New York hunters lost their licenses for three years after killing a horse and wounding another. Read More

Winter Storms Challenge Barn, Horse Owners

Winter 2015 is piling snow, sleet, and freezing rain on much of the country. Find out how horse owners are coping. Read More

Kentucky Lawmakers Ponder Estray Horse Bill

The bill would reduce the number of days counties must hold estray horses until the animals are declared unclaimed. Read More

Judge Halts Nevada Wild Horse Gather

The judge halted the gather "until the court has an opportunity to fully consider the merits of plaintiffs' claims." Read More

Oklahoma Man Charged With Maltreating Horse Herd

An Oklahoma man is facing multiple charges after more than 80 horses were seized from his Muskogee County property. Read More

New York Woman Pleads Guilty to Maltreating Horses

A woman has pleaded guilty to maltreating 36 horses on her Hamptonburgh, New York, property. Read More

New Mexico Teen Victimized by Alleged Scammer

The teen who spent two years saving for a horse has fallen victim to an alleged off-shore cyber scam, authorities say. Read More

State of Utah Sues BLM Over Horse Removal

The suit seeks the removal wild horses from state lands on grounds that the animals damage those rangelands. Read More

Florida Man in Custody for Killing Horse, Injuring Rider

The man allegedly rammed his truck into a horse and rider following a verbal exchange with another horseback rider. Read More

Texas Woman Pleads in Horse Herd Removal Case

A Texas woman pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty charge connected to the removal of 28 horses from her business. Read More

Wyoming Committee Wants Wild Horse Action From Congress

A state House of Representatives committee is calling on Congress to find new ways to control wild horse populations. Read More

Miniature Horse Helps Crime Victims Cope

Miniature mare Valor has joined the Los Angeles County, California, Sheriff's Department. Read More

Horse Herd Removed From Texas Riding Stable

Nearly 30 horses are receiving rehabilitative care after bring removed from a riding stable near Galveston, Texas. Read More

New York Authorities Probe Horse Shootings

Two horses were shot by hunters; one horse died in the incident while the other is receiving veterinary treatment. Read More