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

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

Florida Police Seek Miniature Horse Shooter

An owner in Palmetto reported April 18 that her Miniature Horse had been shot during the overnight hours of April 17. Read More

House Committee Passes Anti-Slaughter Amendment

One bill sponsor said the legislation is designed to protect horses while keeping the U.S. food supply safe. Read More

More Than 100 Horses Rescued From Houston Floods

Dozens of equids have been moved to higher ground while five endurance horses remain missing. Read More

Jury Awards Millions for Polo Pony Deaths

In 2009, 21 polo ponies died after receiving an improperly compounded selenium, vitamin B, and potassium product. Read More

Bill Would Put Salt River Herd Under State Jurisdiction

The bill would protect the feral horses and place them under Maricopa County Sheriff's Department and USFS jurisdiction. Read More

Dead Horse Found on Los Angeles Street

California police are searching for whoever killed a horse, then tied the dead animal to a pole on a Los Angeles street. Read More

On the Mend, 'Lily' Released from Hospital

The mare shot more than 100 times with a paintball gun will continue treatment at an undisclosed location. Read More

Utah Man Charged in Horse Dragging Incident

A Utah man is facing animal cruelty charges after allegedly dragging a draft horse behind a truck. Read More

APHIS Seeks Anti-Soring Rule Change

The proposed role would place the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in charge of enforcing the law. Read More

Accused Florida Slaughter Farm Owner Convicted

A man accused of operating an illegal slaughter farm in Palm Beach County has been found guilty of cruelty to animals. Read More

Former Virginia Horse Rescue Operator Indicted for Fraud

Anne Goland was indicted on several embezzlement counts related to an animal cruelty investigation that began last year. Read More

Man Accused of Maltreating 'Lily'

A Rhode Island man is facing charges for allegedly maltreating the mare who was shot with a paintball gun. Read More

Horse Hit in Drive-By Shooting

Oklahoma City police are seeking those responsible for a shooting that injured a rider and a horse. Read More

Men Accused of Maltreating Horses at Ohio Fairgrounds

Five men were charged in connection to two allegedly maltreated horses residing at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. Read More

Reward Offered for Information on Lily's Abusers

Investigators hope a $10,000 reward will help them find whomever who shot an elderly mare with a paintball gun. Read More

Queensland Parliament Seeking Opinions on Hendra Vaccine

Officials are asking for thoughts on Hendra virus and use of the available equine vaccine in Australia. Read More

Florida Fire Claims Standardbred Horses

A dozen horses are dead and 11 more are recovering after fire destroyed their barn at South Florida Trotting Center. Read More

Horse Pelted With Paintballs, Then Abandoned

The aged mare, who was shot 130 times, is also underweight, blind in one eye, and has an ulcer in the other eye. Read More

Fire Destroys Georgia Equestrian Center

One horse is dead and 20 others are displaced after fire swept through a barn at an equestrian center in Villa Rica. Read More

BLM Offers Reward for Information on Wild Horse Shooting

The BLM is offering $10,000 for information on the shooting death of a horse in October 2015 near Carson City, Nevada. Read More

Survey Evaluating Texas Horse Industry Underway

Texas A&M University researchers hope to determine how the equine industry impacts the economy in that state. Read More

Connecticut Ag Department Gets Custody of Seized Herd

A judge has awarded the state Department of Agriculture custody of 32 horses seized last month from their owners. Read More