Hoskins needs to sell horses to avoid jail

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The case of Beth Hoskins has been quite the saga. It’s been upsetting to animal lovers, as she was convicted last year of 52 counts of animal cruelty with her horses.

And it’s been bizarre, as Hoskins has continued to be defiant — most recently producing a Youtube music video to the Tom Petty tune “I Won’t Back Down.”

When asked by News 4 at her latest court hearing if she enjoys the spotlight, Hopkins replied, “I’d rather not make any comment, I’d defer to my attorney,”

Her attorney Corey Hogan answered, “I talked to her about the newspaper article yesterday. This is not something she looks forward to seeing. She would prefer this matter be taken care of. That’s what we’ve been hired to do. Do what we can do, take care of whatever the issues are so she can get on with her private life.”

Hogan also touched on the topic of Hoskins’ public outbreaks like her Youtube video.

“That was some time ago, and I don’t think you’re going to see anything like that ever again,” he said.

Hoskins has hired attorney Hogan of Hogan/Willig to bring the saga to an end. They’ve agreed to sell 32 of Hoskins’ horses as soon as possible. Which leaves 35 horses in the care of a trust set up and funded by Hoskins.

She’s paid back the SPCA an undisclosed amount the two sides agreed upon.

“In terms of what she’s paid to the SPCA, it’s not half of what the SPCA paid in total to take care of her horses along the way,” Ralph Lorigo, the lawyer representing the SPCA, said.

And although both sides acknowledge Hoskins will probably always own horses, they believe moving forward we won’t be seeing so many court hearings featuring Beth Hoskins.

“Hopefully, next Monday, we’ll have turned a major corner,” Lorigo said.

Hoskins’ attorney also said she will be dropping the $2 billion lawsuit she filed against the SPCA and others involved in her case.

Hoskins will be in Town of Aurora court on Friday and back in State Supreme Court on Monday.

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