BUFFALO, NY - New York State Supreme Court Judge Joseph Glownia has given Town of Aurora Horse Breeder Beth Hoskins until the end of today to find an attorney to represent her.
Hoskins told the Court that she's already met and interviewed with 2 Attorneys, and is meeting with a third sometime today. She too is hoping to find an attorney, because she faces 124-counts of animal cruelty.
Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom today, but Hoskins assured Judge Glownia that she is indeed looking for new Attorneys. It was back in March when the S.P.C.A. raided her farm seizing 73 malnourished and emaciated horses, and dozens of cats and dogs. S.P.C.A. Attorney Ralph Lorigo asked the Judge for a motion today, that would entitle the animal shelter to recieve the cost of reimbursements for the care of many of those horses. The estimated cost so far is around $300,000. Hoskins says she has a solution.
"The real easy solution is to return my animals to me immediately," Says Hoskins. "They were not properly seized that is one of the fundamental issues that need to be determined in the court."
Lorigo says he would like to see her trial started again with no further interruptions.
"Hopefully she will have attorneys by the end of today and hopefully we'll move forward with a hearing as quickly as possible."
Hoskins fired her original Attorneys recently. Two on Your Side Reporter Patrick Moussignac asked her why, and she simply said, "It's personal."
Hoskins also tells Channel 2 News, from the 73 horses that were seized, 40 of them have since been released back to her.