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

Necropsy Reveals Louisiana Cart Horse was Not Maltreated

The necropsy showed no signs of abuse, malnourishment, or mistreatment. Read More

Former Olympian Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

Gwen Stockebrand was charged in connection with the alleged maltreatment of a 28-year-old Thoroughbred mare. Read More

Florida Horse Death Caused by Panther Attack

Florida authorities have determined that a panther was responsible for the death of a 10-year-old mare. Read More

Florida Horse Found Butchered

The horse appeared to have been slaughtered at another location before its remains were discarded. Read More

Horse Rescues Share Holiday Wish Lists

But when it comes to helping equine welfare groups, knowing what rescue operators need most is key. Read More

BLM Amends Nevada Gather Plan

The BLM has agreed to amend part of a contested plan to gather mustangs from herd management areas in Nevada Read More

Californian Charged with Animal Cruelty

A California man is facing animal cruelty charges connected to the alleged neglect of 19 horses. Read More

Louisiana SPCA Probes Cart Horse Death

A horse hitched to a cart on a New Orleans street collapsed and died last week. Read More

Oklahoma Pair Charged for Allegedly Feeding Horses to Dogs

Two men are facing multiple animal cruelty charges for allegedly allowing dogs to feed on carcasses of horses. Read More

Lawsuit Challenges BLM Nevada Mustang Gather Plan

The suit seeks to halt the plan on grounds that it violates the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Read More

Accused SAU Student to be Extradited

Jaci Rae Jackson waived an extradition hearing and will be returned to Oklahoma to face additional charges. Read More

USDA: Horse Slaughter Not Expected to Resume Soon

The USDA does not expect horse processing at U.S.-based plants is not expected to get under way soon. Read More

Tennessee Walking Horse Trainer Sentenced to Probation

Inspectors determined that a horse in the trainer's care was bilaterally sore and wearing a nerve cord. Read More

Texas Authorities Probe Deadly Barn Fire

Fire authorities in Harris County, Texas, are investigating a barn fire that killed 11 horses.
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BLM Releases Triple B Gather Review Results

There was no consensus among welfare authorities that animals were treated inhumanely during the gather. Read More

Oklahoma Pair Charged in SAU Horse Theft Case

A man and a woman from Oklahoma have been charged in connection with the SAU horse theft and killing case. Read More

Southern Arkansas University Student Charged in Horse Thefts

An SAU student and member of the school's competitive rodeo team was arrested in connection with the theft. Read More

Pennsylvania Man Charged with Animal Cruelty

A Pennsylvania man is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment Read More

Accused New York Horse Owner Facing New Charges

A New York woman accused of maltreating horses is facing new charges for failing to contain her animals. Read More

Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration CEO to Retire

Doyle Meadows, PhD, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Tennessee Walking Horse (TWH) Celebration, has Read More

Georgia Couple Sentenced in Cruelty Case

The pair will serve probation and pay fines in connection with allegedly maltreating 41 horses. Read More

Philadelphia Horse Owner Charged with Cruelty

Claritza Lopez-Fuentes allegedly abandoned a 9-year-old mare in a vacant city lot earlier this week. Read More

Pennsylvania Horse Owner Sought

The 9-year-old mare was found standing unattended in a weedy, trash-filled lot between two rowhouses. Read More

South Carolina Man Charged in Horse Shooting

He is facing charges for allegedly shooting a horse while hunting near the animal's pasture in Aiken County. Read More

Georgia Horse Shootings Probed

One horse was killed and another was injured as a result of being shot in their pasture earlier this month. Read More