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

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

Kansas Authorities Probe Horse Stabbing Incident

Law enforcement authorities in Kansas City, Kan., are seeking whoever is responsible for stabbing two horses after releasing them and numerous other horses from their stalls March 16. Kansas City Police Department Public Information Officer Sergeant Read More

BLM Begins Multiyear Wild Horse Fertility Study

More than 100 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustang mares residing at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center's holding facility in Carson City will be treated with a longer-lasting version of the immuno-contraceptive agent porcine zona pellucida Read More

Oregon Authorities Probe Wild Horse Shootings

Law enforcement authorities in Oregon are seeking whoever is responsible for the shooting deaths of three wild horses, including a pregnant mare, at the Ochoco National Forest near Prineville. The animals were among a herd of about 60 wild horses in Read More

BLM Seeks Private Sector Partners for Eco-Sanctuary Development

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking proposals from private-sector individuals and organizations interested in developing sanctuaries for wild mustangs and burros currently residing in agency managed long-term holding facilities. Read More

Maryland Couple Sentenced in Equine Cruelty Case

A Maryland man was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges in connection with the neglect of 26 horses removed from his Garrett County property last year. Last week under a plea agreement Richard Friend pleaded Read More

Texas Authorities Probe Horse Shooting

Law enforcement authorities in Guadalupe County, Texas are seeking those responsible for fatally shooting a registered Paint mare earlier this month. The animal was discovered dead in its Seguin, Texas pasture on March 3. The mare, who was in foal Read More

Necropsy Report: Oceana Horse Not Shot

The leg injury sustained by a horse belonging to an active service member stationed at the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., was not caused by a gunshot, according to a necropsy report released March 2. Base Public Affairs Officer Read More

West Virginia Equine Rescue Regulation Bill Clears Senate

Legislation that would establish licensing and inspection regulations for equine rescues operating in West Virginia advanced when it was passed by that state's senate on March 1. The bill, SB 540, would require rescue operators i Read More

Navy Base Officials Investigate Equine Incident

Officials at the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., are investigating an incident involving a horse belonging to an active service member. Base Public Affairs Officer Kelley Stirling said that on the afternoon of Feb. 27, the horse's Read More

Texas Juveniles to Face Cruelty Charges

Two Texas juveniles will face criminal charges in connection with the shooting deaths of two horses, according to Grayson County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Ricky Wheeler. Wheeler said sheriff's department investigators Read More

Not Guilty Plea Entered in Montana Cruelty Case

A Montana couple accused of maltreating horses on their Carbon County ranch have pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them. Earlier this month, authorities discovered more than 60 animals residing on a ranch owned by Jack and Terry Martin. Read More

BLM to Reduce Mustang Removals, Increase Contraceptive Use

Fewer Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs will be removed from the range and more mustang mares will receive anti-fertility treatment under a new management strategy plan announced by agency director Bob Abbey on Feb. 24. Under the plan, the BLM Read More

Calgary Stampede Lists New Animal Safety Rules

Horses used in the Rangeland Derby chuckwagon races at the 2011 Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada, will receive veterinary inspections upon arrival to the event and prior to competition under new rules announced by Stampede management on Feb. 23. Read More

Oklahoma Racing Commission Helps Retired, Unwanted Thoroughbreds

Retired Oklahoma-bred Thoroughbred racehorses will get help retraining for a second career thanks to a new rule passed by the Oklahoma Racing Commission last week. Under the rule, Oklahoma Breeding Development Fund Special Account funds may be Read More

BLM Funding Faces Potential Cut

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would lose $2 million in funding if an amendment introduced and sponsored by U.S. Representative Dan Burton (Ind.) earlier this week is approved. Burton presented the funding cut as an amendment to an omnibus Read More

Montana Pair Faces Charges

A Montana couple faces multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of horses on their Carbon County property. Carbon County Deputy County Attorney Rennie Wittman said that earlier this month, authorities from the Read More

Nebraska Horse Processing Bill Advances

A measure intended to facilitate private sector horse processing plant development in Nebraska was approved by that state Senate's Agriculture Committee on Feb. 15. The bill, LB 305, would establish a state inspection program for plants that process Read More

Florida Man Charged with Animal Killings

Florida law enforcement authorities have charged a Walton County man with two felony animal cruelty counts for allegedly killing a Miniature Horse and a dog after a family dispute. Walton County Sheriff's Department spokesman Michael Morrison said Read More

Michigan Man Charged in Horse Killings

A Michigan man is charged with killing two horses, one of them his own, according to Ottawa County law enforcement authorities. The man suspected his wife and her horse's trainer were engaged in an extramarital affair. Ottawa County sheriff's Read More