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
December 17, 2009
Kentucky, North Dakota, Hawaii, Idaho, and Mississippi have the weakest animal protection laws in the nation, according to a report released by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) on Tuesday.
The group annually ranks U.S. states and Read More
December 16, 2009
Animal advocates have asked a federal court judge to halt a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plan to remove about 2,700 mustangs from a range in northwest Nevada on grounds that the gather violates federal law.
On Wednesday, a lawyer Read More
December 14, 2009
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is investigating the deaths of six wild mustangs. Agency helicopter pilots found the animals' carcasses earlier this month during a scheduled round-up of mustangs from a remote area along the Nevada-Calif Read More
December 08, 2009
While police investigate the shooting deaths of several horses in Wisconsin, a St. Croix County woman hopes horse owners will reach out to families whose animals were killed.
Since Nov. 19, six horses have been discovered dead or dyi Read More
December 07, 2009
Law enforcement authorities in three Wisconsin counties are hoping the offer of a cash reward will lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a series of incidents that left several animals dead or dying in their pastures. The H Read More
December 02, 2009
Law enforcement authorities in three Wisconsin counties are investing a series of shooting incidents that left five animals dead or dying in their pastures.
Three Dunn County horse owners discovered their animals either dead or Read More
December 01, 2009
Equine obesity increases a horse's risk for equine metabolic syndrome, laminitis, and insulin resistance. Owners can bring horses to a healthy body condition by replacing grain rations with a fiber-rich, low-carbohydrate diet and increasing exercise. Read More
November 26, 2009
November 25, 2009
More than 80 allegedly neglected horses are receiving rehabilitative care after being removed from a farm in Cannon County, Tenn.
Tennessee state agricultural authorities discovered the 84 Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Read More
November 25, 2009
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has postponed its planned removal of more than 2,000 wild horses from the Calico Complex Herd Management Area in northwest Nevada pending a review of public comments on the roundup.
Beginning Dec Read More
November 24, 2009
Animal welfare advocates are asking a federal court to prevent the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from gathering wild mustangs from a Nevada range on grounds that the roundup endangers the animals' lives and violates the Wild Free-Roamin Read More
November 16, 2009
A horse shot and left for dead along a Colorado road is expected to recover from his wounds, said the veterinarian in charge of his care.
On Nov. 9, Garfield County Sheriff's Deputies discovered the grey gelding after receiving Read More
November 11, 2009
City of Baltimore authorities have seized 19 ponies after inspectors discovered the animals residing in allegedly filthy, dilapidated stables. The ponies are all owned by Baltimore street vendors who sell produce from horse-drawn Read More
November 05, 2009
A couple in the United Kingdom have become the first horse owners convicted of obesity-related animal cruelty under that country's Animal Welfare Act, said a report from Read More
November 02, 2009
The number of horses apparently butchered for their meat in the Miami area since January rose to 21 on Saturday when trail riders discovered the remains of a Thoroughbred mare alongside a rural road in Miami-Dade County.
In Read More
October 30, 2009
A Florida man faces animal cruelty charges after allegedly tying a rope around a pony's leg so tightly that the animal lost its hoof.
Sheri Evans, cruelty investigator for the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County Inc., Read More
October 28, 2009
A Texas equine rescue group is seeking donations of feed, hay, cash, and other necessities to care for 60 ponies and horses recently relinquished by their owner.
Law enforcement authorities in Lewisville, Texas, discovered the animals Read More
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