Trial continues for woman facing animal cruelty charges
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EAST AURORA, N.Y. - More witnesses were called to the stand Thursday, as the trial continued for an East Aurora farm owner facing 74 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
Beth Hoskins is accused of mistreating 73 horses at her Emery Road farm. The animals were seized by the Erie County SPCA in March 2010 after officials said they were malnourished, dehydrated and living in filth.
In Aurora Town Court, prosecutors called a worker for the Erie County SPCA, and a horse specialist to the stand. They argued several horses were neglected over a long period of time under Hoskins' care and did not have proper medical care.
Defense attorneys said the SPCA conducted poor evaluations of the horses' health after the seizure.
The trial continues Thursday June 7.