Beth Hoskins has been sentenced to three years probation, with no jail time. She's been ordered to pay $52,410 in fines and surcharges within 30 days. During her 3 probation, she must reside in Erie County, undergo counseling, and perform 500 hours of community service. She must also keep her farm safe and clean, provide one employee for 15 horses, and subject to unannounced vet visits.
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Hoskins' attorney said, "We all know she is capable of caring for her horses. She doesn't belong in jail." Hoskins said stories about her posted online "is the definition of cyberbullying" while addressing the court in tears before a sentence was given.
"Right now all these horses are Beth's, she's not going to jail, and she could go out and buy 100 more tomorrow if she wanted to. So we're very comfortable with the position we're in" said Hoskins' attorney Tom Eoannou.
After the sentencing, Hoskins maintained her belief that she should not have been convicted in the first place. "As I said, I don't believe it was a crime... but I do think it was a shame," Hoskins said.
Before the sentence was handed down by Justice Douglas Marky, Assistant District Attorney Mike Drmacich asked that Hoskins receive the maximum penalty, which would have been two years in prison, and called Hoskins the "most prolific animal abuser in Erie County history."
SPCA Executive Director Barbara Carr was also unhappy with the ruling. She claimed that Hoskins, who professed her love of her horses before the sentencing, only visited her horses in the SPCA twice. "Every time we've asked for a no-animal order, with the exception of one time (Hoskins), the judge has ordered no animals," Carr said. Hoskins is still allowed to own animals.
In 2010, a raid was conducted on Hoskins' farm, and she was charged with dozens of counts of animal cruelty.