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Court-ordered sale of Hoskins’ horses delayed

The two trustees overseeing Beth Lynne Hoskins’ 67 horses at her farm on Emery Road in Aurora have been given until Feb. 24 to comply with a judge’s order to transfer or sell 32 of the horses.

State Supreme Court Justice Joseph R. Glownia set the new deadline Friday after the trustees indicated they would not be able to meet a Jan. 31 deadline, which the judge had set in December when the trusteeship overseen by two of Hoskins’ friends and funded by her family was set up.

Trustees Jean R. Knox, widow of Seymour H. Knox III, and Hans J. Mobius, a Clarence horse farm owner, have not been able to get information and documents on the horses necessary for sales or transfers because Hoskins is in the Erie County Correctional Facility serving a 90-day jail term for violating her probation after her 2013 conviction in Aurora Town Court on 52 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, according to her attorney, Diane R. Tiveron.

Hoskins is expected to be released Feb. 6.

Tiveron said a Jan. 24 inspection of the Hoskins farm by a court-appointed veterinarian found the horses to be in excellent condition and well-cared for.

Ralph C. Lorigo, attorney for the SPCA Serving Erie County, which had seized Hoskins’ horses in March 2010 because of their condition and later sued Hoskins over their custody and care, opposed the extension, noting that deadlines for selling or transferring the 32 horses last fall also were not met.

He asked for the imposition of a penalty and the appointment of new trustees.