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

New York Horse Mutilation Probed

State law enforcement authorities are seeking whoever is responsible for cutting off part of a horse's tongue at a farm in Massena, N.Y. Owner Teri Chapin said she discovered the injured Paint mare April 17 when she entered the horse's stall to feed Read More

BLM, Veterinarians Review Utah Facility Conditions

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) personnel, the Utah State Veterinarian, and a veterinarian from the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) have reviewed conditions at a wild horse holding facility in Utah after a Colorado-based Read More

Virginia Livestock Welfare Bill Becomes Law

A Virginia bill amending the state's animal welfare code to include specific horse care practices was signed into law in late March. HB 1541 requires horse owners to provide their animals with feed to prevent malnutrition, water to prevent Read More

Tornado Claims Horses at North Carolina Farm

A dozen horses were killed and several others injured when a tornado swept through a Lee County, N.C., farm and training facility on April 16. Trainer Dany Pelletier said 44 horses were residing at the 200-acre Misty Creek Ranch in Sanford, N.C. when Read More

California Horse Dealer Sentenced

A California woman who pleaded guilty to misrepresenting horses she offered for sale on equine-related websites will serve 41 months in prison and pay $273,000 in restitution to 88 people who responded to her horse sales advertisements. Read More

Virginia Couple Indicted on Cruelty Charges

A grand jury in King and Queen County, Va., has indicted Robert H. Amos and Elizabeth B. Newsome-Amos on 20 counts each of animal cruelty, according to King and Queen County Circuit Court Clerk, Deborah F. Longest. The indictments stem from the Read More

Wild Horse Advocates Allege Poor Conditions at BLM Holding Facility

A report recently released by the Cloud Foundation, a Colorado-based wild horse advocacy group, alleges that the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Salt Lake Regional Wild Horse and Burro Center holding facility in Herriman, Utah, is housing mustangs Read More

Oregon Horse Shooting Probe Expands

The probe into the shooting deaths of wild horses at the Ochoco National Forest near Prineville, Ore., expanded last week when a Crook County Sheriff's Department deputy discovered another horse that had apparently been shot and killed.
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Owner of Stray Ohio Horses Sought

Law enforcement authorities in Ross Township, Ohio, are seeking the owner of three horses discovered wandering around the township last week.
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Proposed Bill Would Expand Corolla Wild Horse Herd

The Corolla wild horse herd might grow larger with the passing of a bill currently under consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives' committee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs. Currently 108 horses in the North Carolina Read More

Nevada Bill Would Ban Horse Tripping

Nevada lawmakers are considering legislation that would ban horse tripping, a rodeo event in which a horse is released into an arena and pursued by a person on foot or on horseback who ropes the animal's front or back legs causing it to fall to the Read More

Allegedly Malnourished Oregon Horses Seized, Relocated

More than 100 allegedly malnourished horses seized in February by Oregon law enforcement authorities remain under care after being relocated from a remote Wallowa County breeding farm to more accessible facilities near Joseph, Ore.
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Heater Blamed for Deadly Ohio Barn Fire

Fire officials in Colerain Township, Ohio, have determined that an electric heater used to warm a newborn calf was responsible for a fire that swept through a barn at a Crabbet Arabian breeding farm, killing 24 horses.
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Tennessee Walking Horse Farm Owners Suspended

The owners of a high-profile Tennessee Walking Horse breeding farm have been suspended from participating in horse shows and other equine-related activities for one year for allegedly violating the Horse Protection Act (HPA).
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Nebraska Horse Processing Legislation Moving Forward

A Nebraska measure that could invite private-sector horse processing into that state drew closer to becoming law on March 30 when lawmakers voted it out of the first round of floor debates required to pass the legislation.
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Texas Bill Would Clarify Equine Dentistry Issues

Texas lawmakers are pondering legislation that would define the role of nonveterinarian equine dentists in that state. Current state law does not prohibit nonveterinarian dentists from floating horses' teeth. But defining just how much work Read More

Trial Date Set in Tennessee 'Soring' Case

Last week a federal court judge in Tennessee, U.S. Magistrate Judge William B. Mitchell Carter, set May 31 as the trial date for a Spotted Saddle Horse trainer and two other individuals accused of violating the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The act Read More

BLM Calls for More Sanctuary Partners

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking new proposals from private-sector individuals and organizations interested in developing eco-sanctuaries for wild horses and burros on combined private and public lands located within herd management Read More

Wyoming Authorities Probe Horse Shooting

Law enforcement authorities in Fremont County, Wyo., are seeking whoever is responsible for shooting a rodeo horse used by a local college. The horse was discovered dead in its pasture earlier this month. The animal had sustained a gunshot wound to Read More

Oregon Women Face Neglect Charges

Two Oregon women are facing animal neglect charges connected to the drowning death of one horse and the alleged neglect of four others residing on their Lincoln County property. Lincoln County Sheriff's Department Lt. Dave Carey said law enforcement Read More

Restitution Ordered in West Virginia Neglect Case

On March 24, a Magistrate Court Judge in West Virginia ordered a horse rescue operator in that state to pay more than $11,000 in restitution to cover the cost of care for animals removed from her property last year.
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New Jersey Rescue Trustees to Cease Operations, Pay Restitution

Trustees of a New Jersey horse rescue operation will pay up to $581,000 in restitution and cease operations under an agreement that resolves a lawsuit alleging that they misappropriated contributions from online donors who thought they were saving Read More

Nevada Resolution Opposes Mustang Sanctuary Development

A resolution opposing the development of wild horse sanctuaries in Nevada took a step forward earlier this month when it was passed that state's Senate Natural Resources Committee. The committee passage took place shortly after the Bureau of Land Read More

Tennessee Horse Trainer Indicted for HPA Violations

A Federal Grand Jury has indicted three Tennessee residents for alleged violations of the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The indictment handed down earlier this month alleges that between 2002 and 2010, Spotted Saddle Horse trainer Barney Davis and two Read More

House Passes Arkansas Horse Care Bill

An Arkansas bill that would allow equine dentists who are not veterinarians to float horses' teeth without facing prosecution from that state's Veterinary Medical Examining Board advanced on March 18 when it was passed by the Arkansas House of Read More