NY Farm Operator Faces Cruelty Charges

A New York farm operator faces multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged neglect of 73 horses that were removed from her Erie County property in March.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) serving Erie County removed the animals after discovering them living in filth in several barns on the East Aurora, N.Y., farm, said agency spokesperson Gina Browning.

More than 50 cats and four dogs were also removed from the property. The animals were all placed in the agency's care.

Last week, the SPCA serving Erie County issued charging tickets for farm owner Beth Hoskins representing 10 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty for the alleged neglect of seven horses and three cats. Additional civil charges are pending, Browning said.

According to Hoskins' attorney, Barry N. Covert, Hoskins will appear in East Aurora Town Court on May 26, where the charges will be formally filed.

Hoskins will be vindicated of the charges, Covert said. "The horses were in good condition; there was no abuse," the attorney said.

Since their seizure, the horses have been placed in foster homes, where they continue to receive rehabilitative care.

"They are doing very well," Browning 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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