Judge Orders Receiver for Convicted Abuser’s Horses

A New York Supreme Court judge ordered that a receiver oversee the care of more than 20 of Beth Hoskins’ horses.
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The protracted animal abuse case involving Morgan horse breeder Beth Hoskins took another turn this week when a New York Supreme Court judge ordered that a receiver oversee the care of more than 20 of her horses.

In March 2010, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Serving Erie County, New York, removed 73 allegedly neglected horses from Hoskins’ Aurora farm. The SPCA said, the animals were thin, dehydrated, and discovered living in filth in several barns. All the horses were placed under SPCA care and Hoskins was later charged with 74 counts of animal cruelty. She pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In July 2013, Hoskins was found guilty in Town of Aurora Justice Court on 52 of the 74 animal cruelty counts; during the same proceeding, Hoskins was acquitted on 22 of the counts. In October 2013, Hoskins was ordered to serve three years’ probation, pay $52,410 in fines, participate in court-ordered counseling and treatment, and serve 500 hours of community service. There was no court-ordered ban for Hoskins on animal ownership.

During a May 2014 appearance before New York Supreme Court Judge Joseph Glownia Hoskins and the SPCA Serving Erie County entered into a stipulated settlement agreement whereby Hoskins could own 35 horses through Oct. 31, 2016, provided that the horses are kept in a safe, sanitary location and that their care meet guidelines based on the New York Horse Council’s minimum standards of care. Under the settlement regular inspections would be made by a court-appointed inspector. That inspector would determine the number of employees Hoskins would be required to hire, as well as the number of hours those employees would work. Hoskins would obtain custody of all the 64 remaining horses involved in the cruelty case provided she sell roughly half of the animals, the statement said

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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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