East Aurora, NY (WBEN) The attorney for a woman charged with dozens of counts of animal cruelty does not anticipate a verdict in the non-jury trial for weeks.
Tom Eoannou represents Beth Hoskins, whose farm was raided three years ago, and dozens of animals, including horses were seized. "We had a legislative debate with an animal welfare agency trying to establish a minimal standard of care in a criminal courtroom," contends Eoannou. "The horses are defined as livestock under the law, and it seems to me they wanted the horses to be kept as pets, and even though they were dirty, they were healthy." Eoannou brought in expert witnesses to attest to that.
Eoannou says the judge "took copious notes for each and every witness and horse. I saw him go through legal pad after legal pad, and quite frankly I don't see a verdict fairly soon." Eoannou believes it will be weeks before he and his client are called back into court to hear the decision in the non-jury trial.