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

State Animal Cruelty Laws Graded

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

Federal Court Asked to Halt Mustang Gather

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

BLM Investigates Mustang Deaths

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

Wisconsin Livestock Shootings: Horses Sought for Families

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

Wisconsin Livestock Shootings: Reward Offered for Information

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

Wisconsin Police Investigate Livestock Shootings

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

Weighty Issues

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

Mare and Foal Thriving After Nebraska Ranch Rescue

A mustang mare believed to be around 38 years old is thriving, and has delivered a healthy filly since authorities removed her and 209 other horses from the 3-Strikes Read More

Authorities Seize 84 Horses from Tennessee Farm

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

Nevada Wild Horse Gather Postponed by BLM

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.

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Lawsuit to Halt Nevada BLM Horse Gather Filed

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

Abandoned Colorado Horse Recovering from Gunshot Wound

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

Baltimore Cart Ponies Seized

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

U.K. Couple Sentenced in Pony Obesity Cruelty Case

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

Miami Trail Riders Find Butchered Horse

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

Owner of Mutilated Pony Faces Charges

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

Texas Rescue Seeks Help for 60 Horses

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

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