Hoskins in court on probation violation

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Horse farm owner Beth Hoskins was back in court Monday on violation of probation. The district attorney said they’re worried about violations of her probation terms, but also the welfare of Hoskins’ horses, claiming there was a dead horse on her property from October 16 to October 30th.

But Hoskins’ attorney said it’s not true, saying the horse was removed in a lawful time frame.

Hoskins’ probation officer said she hasn’t showed up to meetings, and she’s in violation of other terms of her probation, too.

“For failing to provide reports and reports about what was going on at the farm – how many workers and hours worked.” Michael Drmacich, assistant district attorney, said. “And the third is she violated the order…as to the number of horses she was allowed to have at the farm”

But Thomas Eoannau, Hoskins’ attorney, said Hoskins is the face of a fight for the rights of horse owners. Eoannau got the probation hearing moved back two weeks.

“It’s a hot button issue. It’s horse owner rights versus the SPCA and those people that don’t own horses. If it’s not Beth Hoskins, I think these types of arguments are going to go on for the next decade.”

Hoskins faces up to two years in jail if she’s found in violation of her probation. She returns to court on Nov. 17.

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