Not Guilty Plea Entered in New York Cruelty Case

The New York farm operator facing more than 100 animal cruelty counts has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Last March, officials from the SPCA Serving Erie county County removed 73 horses and numerous dogs and cats from the property owned by farm operator Beth Hoskins. Erie District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III later charged Hoskins with 10 counts of animal cruelty for the alleged maltreatment of seven horses and three cats. Hoskins pleaded not guilty to all of those charges.

On July 12, the Erie County District Attorney charged Hoskins with another 114 cruelty counts for the alleged maltreatment of 73 horses and 41 cats.

Hoskins pleaded not guilty to all of the charges during a court appearance on July 14, said her attorney Barry N. Covert.

Another court appearance is set for Aug. 18.

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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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