Two of the horses seized from Beth Hoskins shown in 2010.
A stipulated settlement was reached on Tuesday in the case against a former Morgan horse breeder found guilty of 52 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
The order allows Beth Hoskins of New York to “own or possess” 35 horses through October 31, 2016. It is stipulated that the horses must remain in a safe, sanitary location, and their care must meet guidelines based on the New York State Horse Council’s minimum standards of care. Hoskins’ farm will undergo regular site visits and the court will determine the number of employees she must hire.
Once Hoskins gets her horses back, she has until October 30th to reduce the herd by 33 animals. The first 16 equines must be sold or transferred by August 30.
Hoskins was sentenced to three-years probation, a fine of $52,000, 500 hours of community service, and counseling after she was convicted of abusing her horses.
The SPCA Serving Erie County seized 73 horses, 53 cats, and 4 dogs from Hoskins’ Eden Farm in East Aurora in March 2010.