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

Proposed Virginia Bill Amends Animal Welfare Code

Proposed legislation in Virginia would amend that state's animal welfare code to include care practices for horses and other livestock, but some equine rescue operators say the bill's language is confusing. Introduced on Jan. 12, HB 1541 would Read More

Reward Offered in Assateague Island Wild Horse Shooting

National Park Service officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the shooting death of a wild horse at the Assateague Island National Seashore earlier this month. Read More

Nebraska Lawmakers Consider Horse Processing, Rescue Bills

Proposed legislation in Nebraska could facilitate horse processing plant development in that state, while a companion bill would penalize rescue operators who turn away horses brought to them for care. Introduced on Jan. 12, LB 305 would establish a Read More

Suspicious Wisconsin Horse Death Not Caused by Cougar

A wild animal was not responsible for killing a Wisconsin horse, according to necropsy results on the horse, which were released last week.
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Colorado Man Sentenced in Barn Arson Case

A Colorado man was sentenced on Jan. 12 to serve more than 10 years in prison in connection with a barn fire that killed 12 horses and several other animals on May 9, 2010. The horses, a goat, and several chickens and roosters were r Read More

Owner of Stray Florida Horse Sought

Animal welfare authorities in Palm Beach County, Fla., are seeking the owner of a horse discovered wandering in a rural area of the county last week. Capt. David Walesky, operations manager of the Palm County Animal Care and Control, said area Read More

Horses Relocated From Montana Sanctuary

Eighty horses are among hundreds of animals receiving veterinary and other care after being relocated from an animal sanctuary in Montana. Prior to their relocation, the horses were among 1,200 animals (including 650 llamas, two camels, several pot Read More

Washington Authorities Probe Horse Shootings

Law enforcement authorities in Mason County, Wash., are seeking whoever is responsible for the shooting deaths of two horses. According to a Mason County Sheriff's Department press release, Sheriff's Deputies discovered the animals on Jan. 11, after Read More

Horse Processing Plants: Not Just a Horse Issue

As the lackluster economy continues to challenge the horse industry, ranchers, lawmakers, and horse owners gathered at the Summit of the Horse in Las Vegas, Nev., this week to discuss the economic state of the industry and the unwanted horse issues. Read More

Florida Man Charged in Illegal Horse Meat Probe

A Hialeah, Fla., man is facing multiple charges after his fingerprints were found on a van that police later determined contained horse meat intended for illegal sale. Read More

Two Charged in Ohio Horse Shooting

Two Ohio men are facing multiple charges after allegedly engaging in a shooting spree that left one horse dead. According to a news release provided by Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks Sr., Jakeb M. Bailey and Blake M. Keel allegedly left Read More

South Carolina Authorities Probe Horse Shooting

Law enforcement authorities in Spartanburg County, S.C., are seeking whoever is responsible for shooting a Tennessee Walking Horse residing in a pasture in Inman. According to a Spartanburg County Sheriff's Deputy's report, the owner discovered the Read More

Arkansas Horse Trader Faces Cruelty Charges

An Arkansas man is facing more than 100 animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of horses on his Fulton County property. On Dec. 7, Fulton County Sheriff's Deputies discovered 117 allegedly malnourished and neglected Read More

Rescue Group Launches Anti-Slaughter Awareness Campaign

A Pennsylvania-based equine rescue organization hopes a billboard advertising campaign will raise awareness of horse slaughter issues, particularly among non-horse owners.
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Search Under Way for Horse Lost in California Flood

A California man is hoping a tip will lead to the recovery of his horse that was lost when flooding caused by last week's heavy rains broke down the corral in which the animal was originally located.
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Pennsylvania Pony Shot, Police Search for Answers

The Pennsylvania State Police are seeking whoever is responsible for the shooting death of a pony earlier this month. Pennsylvania State Police Public Information Officer Steve Limani said the pony was discovered by its owners on Dec. 16. The animal Read More

Texas Humane Group Gets Custody of Rescued Herd

More than 40 allegedly maltreated Quarter Horses--including foals, yearlings, and several pregnant mares--remain under rehabilitative care after being placed in the custody of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (SPCA) of East Texas. Read More

Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Pryor Mustang Herd Case

A federal court judge sided with wild horse advocates earlier this month when he declined to dismiss their lawsuit opposing a U.S. Forest Service (USFS) plan to construct a fence at the Custer National Forest, which spans from South Dakota to Montana Read More

Complaint Seeks Probe of Wyoming Lawmaker

A Wyoming woman has asked the Speaker of the State's House of Representatives and other officials to investigate Representative Sue Wallis on grounds that the lawmaker violated ethics laws when she sponsored legislation to allow horse processing Read More

Cabrera Sentenced in Florida Horse Poaching Case

A Florida man will serve five years in prison for poaching two horses and butchering them for meat. In September 2009 Miami-Dade County law enforcement authorities arrested Santiago Cabrera in connection with a July 2009 incident involving a horse Read More

DOI Audit: Mustang Gathers Necessary

Roundups are necessary for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to control population growth among wild horse herds, according to a report by the Department of the Interior's Office of the Inspector General (OIG). In the report issued on Dec. 13 the Read More

Louisiana Authorities Probe Horse Shooting

Law enforcement authorities in St. Martin's Parish, La., are seeking those responsible for the shooting death of a horse earlier this year. Sgt. Terrell Bergeron, animal control coordinator for the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Department, said that Read More

New Mexico Wild Horse Sanctuary Plan Stalled

A plan to develop the country's first state-owned wild horse sanctuary was stalled yesterday when New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson announced that revenue set aside to develop the sanctuary would instead be used to offset cuts in state services and Read More

Texas Man Sentenced in Horse Theft Case

A Texas man will serve three years in prison in connection with the theft of a Miniature Horse earlier this year. According to a spokesperson for Kleberg County District Attorney John T. Hubert, Luciano Riojas stole the animal from a Kleberg County Read More

Report Reviews BLM Gather Conduct

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustang handling procedures during three roundups this past summer were professional and appropriate, according to independent equine specialists who observed the gathers. The observers' findings were publish Read More