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

The Equine Industry's Top Welfare Issues

A rundown of equine welfare issues currently plaguing the U.S. industry and what's being done to address them. Read More

2016 U.S. Omnibus Bill Denies Horsemeat Inspections

The bill includes a provision that forbids funding of horsemeat inspections at horse processing plants. Read More

Illinois Group Adopts Retirement Plan for County Horse Herds

The ordinance allows retired horses to be rehomed or for the district to keep and maintain the retired animals. Read More

Oklahoma Police Probe Fatal Horse Stabbing

A police report indicated that an owner reported finding her horse covered with blood and dead in a stall on Dec. 14. Read More

Police Investigate Possible Sexual Assault on Pregnant Mare

Wisconsin officials hope a cash reward will lead them to those responsible for allegedly sexually assaulting the mare. Read More

U.S. Forest Service Will Not Impound Salt River Horses Yet

The agency is working with interested parties to find a solution to address the unauthorized horses. Read More

Accused Florida Farm Owner Can Keep Horses on Property

The man, accused of illegally possessing horsemeat for human consumption, is allowed to keep horses on his property. Read More

Barn Owner Seeks Settlement Over Allegedly Tainted Feed

The barn operator alleges that 13 of her horses died after consuming monensin-tainted horse feed. Read More

Donkey Gets a Lift, Cops Seek Owner

Squishy the donkey is relaxing after walking down a busy roadway and catching a ride with an Oklahoma police officer. Read More

Horses Perish in Tennessee Barn Blaze

Fire authorities said an electrical connection caused the fire that killed 11 horses on Nov. 28. Read More

Racing Commissioner Resigns Over Anti-Slaughter Proposal

Illinois Racing Commissioner Kathy Byrne withdrew the proposal and resigned after the board did not vote on the issue. Read More

Missing Sarasota, Florida, Horses Found Safe

The horses' owner is still hoping the offer of a cash reward will lead to more information about the incident. Read More

Rita Crundwell's Belt Buckles Go to Auction

Crundwell was convicted of misappropriating more than $53 million from the city of Dixon, Illinois, in 2012. Read More

Prosecutor: Evidence Lacking in Loxahatchee Slaughter Case

A prosecutor said evidence is lacking in alleged illegal horse slaughter cases connected to raids at three farms. Read More

Pictured Pair Uninvolved in Florida Slaughter Case

Two men thought to have information about the slaughter of a high-ticket show jumper were not involved in the incident. Read More

Pair Sought for Questioning in Show Horse Slaughter Case

Authorities believe two men could have information about the slaughter of a show jumping horse in Palmetto. Read More

Rita Crundwell's Trophies Go To Auction

More than 700 horse show trophies won by the convicted embezzler will be sold in an online auction this month. Read More

New Arrest Made in Florida Slaughter Farm Case

An eighth man has been arrested in connection with raids on three illegal slaughter farms in Florida. Read More

Reward Offered in Show Jumper Slaughter Case

The reward stands at more than $50,000 for information about the slaughter of a Selle Francais gelding. Read More

Court Sides With AQHA in Cloning Case

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the AQHA in a long-running case involving the registration of clones. Read More

Virginia Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty

Anne Goland (aka Anne Schumate Williams) is facing more than 20 animal cruelty charges. Read More

Buyer Sold BLM Mustangs to Slaughter, Federal Report Says

Livestock hauler Tom Davis admitted that most of the horses he purchased through the BLM went to slaughter in Mexico. Read More

Show Jumper Found Butchered in Florida

A recently purchased Selle Francais gelding named Phedras De Blondrel was found dead and dismembered on Oct. 24. Read More

Horses Surrendered, Seized From Virginia Farm

Dozens of allegedly emaciated horses are receiving rehabilitative care after being removed from an Orange County farm. Read More

New Arrest in Florida Slaughter Farms Case

Rodobaldo Diaz of Palm Beach, Florida, was arrested on Oct. 20 and charged with four counts of animal cruelty. Read More