Farm Operator Hoskins Found Guilty of Maltreating Horses

After more than three years and numerous court appearances, Beth Hoskins has been found guilty of maltreating horses on her New York property.

In March 2010, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) serving Erie County removed 73 allegedly neglected horses from Hoskins' Aurora, N.Y., farm. All the animals were placed under SPCA care. Law enforcement authorities later charged Hoskins with 74 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. She pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A clerk for the Town of Aurora Justice Court said that on July 8, Hoskins appeared before Town of Aurora Justice Douglas Marky and was found guilty of 52 of the 74 original charges against her.

Neither Hoskins nor her attorney Thomas J. Eoannou was available for comment.

Barbara Carr, executive director of the SPA serving Erie County, said she was pleased with the verdict.

“It was a good, clean verdict,” Carr said.

Carr said that the majority of the seized horses remain in foster homes under SPCA care. All are doing well, she said, and will eventually be placed in adoptive homes.

“Right now we are examining when that will happen,” Carr said. “It's a legal question right now.”

The court clerk said that Hoskins' sentencing is pending results of a court-ordered parole department investigation. Hoskins is slated to appear in court for sentencing on Sept. 26, the clerk said.

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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.

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