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

Online Horse Rescue Operator Charged With Animal Cruelty

A Pennsylvania woman who operated a rescue via a social media page has been charged with multiple animal cruelty counts. Read More

Accused Embezzler Pleads Not Guilty

Anne Schumate Williams is also facing animal cruelty charges stemming from the alleged maltreatment of dozens of horses. Read More

Peaceable Farm Horses Rescued Again

Six horses from the farm were among more than 40 allegedly maltreated horses seized from New Beginnings Horse Rescue. Read More

California Man Takes Plea Deal in 2015 Horse Abuse Case

Frederick Atkinson pleaded no contest to charges connected to 41 horses removed from a California property last year. Read More

Woman Fined for Removing Free-Roaming Horse from BLM Land

The Idaho woman transported a free-roaming mare to an animal sanctuary because the horse appeared malnourished. Read More

Horses Displaced by Calabasas Fire Return Home

Nearly 90 California horses were evacuated to the Pierce College Equestrian Center, in Woodland Hills. Read More

Advocacy Groups Want BLM to Increase PZP Use in Wild Horses

The groups believe increased PZP use could reduce the need to maintain horses in holding facilities. Read More

Horses Rescued From Texas Flood Waters

A half-dozen horses were rescued from rising flood waters from the Brazos River. Read More

Florida Man Charged With Aggravated Animal Cruelty

Hector Manuel Febus Ojeda is facing charges connected to the maltreatment of one of his horses. Read More

Charges in 'Waterboarding' Case Denied

A Mills County, Iowa, judge denied charges due to lack of probable cause. Read More

Five Sentenced in Ohio Fairgrounds Horse Abuse Case

The five were sentenced to probation in relation to the maltreatment of two horses at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. Read More

'Lily' Adopted

Comedian Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey adopted the mare who recovered after being abandoned at an auction barn. Read More

Rhode Island Man Found Guilty of Abusing 'Lily'

The 20-year-old mare recovered after being abandoned at a Pennsylvania auction barn. Read More

Bill Protecting Salt River Herd Signed

The bill is designed to protect the herd and place the animals under local and U.S. Forest Service jurisdiction. Read More

Senate Committee Passes Anti-Slaughter Budget Amendment

The amendment would prevent the USDA from using any of its 2017 budget revenue to pay for horsemeat inspections. Read More

Texas Horse Shooters Sought

A Thoroughbred and an Arabian were found dead in their pasture near Austin earlier this week. Read More

Florida Woman Accused of Grand Theft Involving Horses

Elena Escoda allegedly stole three show horses valued in excess of $220,000 and attempted to sell one of them online. Read More

BLM Cites Herd Growth as One Cause of $1 Billion Shortfall

But some wild horse advocates believe the shortfall is due to the agency's failure to manage the animals effectively. Read More

Tax on Horse Sales Proposed in Oklahoma

Oklahoma currently levies a sales tax of 8.357% on livestock, but horse sales are exempt. Read More

IHC Considers Alleged Viral Horse Trainer Incident

Leadership is considering its response to the incident and whether or not to revoke Logan Allen's championship title. Read More

Legislation Protecting Salt River Horses Becomes Law

The bill protects the feral horses and places them under Maricopa County Sheriff's Department and USFS jurisdiction. Read More

Reward Offered in Arkansas Horse Shooting

The owners of Jarratt Stables, in Forrest City, reported finding one of their horses dead in a pasture on May 4. Read More

Congressman's Email Draws Ire From Oregon Dressage Riders

A group of Oregon equestrians are concerned that a letter from a Congressman might erroneously link soring to dressage. Read More

Los Angeles Police: Horse Death Appears Accidental

Investigators believe the horse probably died of strangulation after being improperly loaded into a trailer. Read More

Veterinarians Balance Economics With Equine Welfare in Haiti

Learn how vets are trying to improve working equid health and welfare within their owners' economic confines. Read More