Guilty verdict in NY horse cruelty trial

7/9/2013 7:15 AM
By Associated Press

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York horse breeder has been convicted of 52 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty in a case that began with an SPCA raid at her farm three years ago.

The Buffalo News reports ( ) that Aurora Town Justice Douglas Marky announced his verdict against Beth Lynn Hoskins on Monday following a non-jury trial. He acquitted Hoskins of 22 counts.

Hoskins, who says she'll appeal the verdict, was charged after SPCA investigators said they found horses standing in feces more than a foot deep. The agency seized 73 horses, 40 of which have since been returned.

In May, Hoskins filed a civil lawsuit seeking more than $2 billion against the SPCA, some veterinarians and a prosecutor, alleging fraud, defamation and other counts. The suit is pending.

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