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

Kentucky Man Charged in Horse Abandonment Case

Chuck Borell was charged with 43 animal cruelty counts; a warrant has been issued for the arrest of his daughter Maria. Read More

Kentucky Authorities Probe Horses' Alleged Abandonment

Officials found more than 40 apparently abandoned horses, mostly Thoroughbreds, in Mercer County in early June. Read More

Minnesota Veterinarian Brings Equine Science to Mongolia

A vet and his team are challenging tradition and skepticism to bring modern veterinary medicine to remote horse herders. Read More

More Than 200 Horses Displaced by California Wildfires

Most of the evacuated horses are residing at the Fairplex fairgrounds, while some are stabled at Santa Anita Park. Read More

HSUS Launches Racehorse Advisory Council

The new advisory council is designed to promote higher welfare standards for the horse racing industry. Read More

Montana Horse Rescue Operator Pleads

Dalene Rindal pleaded no contest to charges connected to the seizure of 29 horses from her rescue farm two years ago. Read More

Rescued Horse 'Lily' Dies

The mare abandoned at an auction before being adopted by Jon and Tracey Stewart died after being injured in a fall. Read More

Lightning Strike Blamed for Michigan Barn Fire

A mare and her foal were killed in the in blaze in Gilead Township. Read More

California Tainted Feed Lawsuit Refiled

The lawsuit seeks damages for owners whose horses ingested feed allegedly tainted with monensin. Read More

Kentucky Barn Fire Claims Saddlebred Horses

The farm owner unsuccessfully attempted to save 13 horses inside the barn. Read More

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