Horse owner, SPCA to finalize agreement in court

AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Aurora horse owner Beth Hoskins’ days in court may finally come to a close on Monday.  It’s another step in a bizarre animal cruelty case that has dragged on for four years.

Hoskins was convicted of 52 counts of animal cruelty and was supposed to sell 32 of her 67 horses. She failed to do that on time, so she’s headed back to court. Her attorney said she hasn’t been able to find anyone to buy the horses. The SPCA said they will help to find new owners.

Meanwhile, her remaining 35 horses will now be under the care of a court-approved trust. The trustees will be responsible for the horses, Hoskins will pay for their care.

In court later Monday, they will finalize the agreement for the trust between the SPCA and Hoskins. The goal is to get this case resolved and reduce the number of horses on Hoskins’ farm.

Hoskins’ attorney Corey Hogan said, “I think we’ve put a good foot forward in terms of showing the judge as well as the spca that we want to do whatever it takes so that these horses are ultimately taken care of properly. That’s really what the goal here is.”

SPCA Attorney Ralph Lorigo said, “Look I believe in the system, the system moves slowly but it does move, but we have made progress. It has taken us a great deal of time. She has very capable counsel who want to get this resolved, that is a big plus on our side.”

Hoskins’ attorney also said she will be dropping the $2 billion lawsuit she filed against the SPCA and others involved in her case. She will appear in State Supreme Court at 10:30 a.m.

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