A judge plans to appoint a receiver to care for nearly half of Beth Lynne Hoskins’ horses at her Aurora farm until he determines whether a contract offer with a Rochester-area horse farm owner that he helped broker a week ago is still in place.
But Hoskins will keep the 29 horses at her farm, a year and a half after the judge ordered them sold.
State Supreme Court Justice Joseph R. Glownia has come under strong criticism by the SPCA in the wake of Hoskins’ repeated defiance of his court orders to sell 29 horses from the 64 remaining in her herd.
Hoskins, convicted two years ago of 52 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, is still in charge of caring for her remaining 35 horses but the receiver that Glownia appoints for the other horses at her farm will technically “oversee” all of them.
For now, all of the 64 horses remain at her farm on Emery Road in the town of Aurora, where the animal cruelty story began with an SPCA raid in March 2010.
Glownia on Tuesday questioned whether a $50,000 purchase contract is still in place for the 29 horses that he had ordered to be sold more than a year ago. He scheduled a Jan. 11 hearing to determined whether the contract with Skyloft Horse Farm in Scottsville is still valid, in addition to determining whether the SPCA interfered with the sale by contacting Monroe County animal welfare officials through Lollypop Farm earlier this month before the sale was to be executed.
Hoskins’ attorney accused the agency Tuesday of trying to undermine the sale by contacting Lollypop Farm about the prospective buyer and to determine whether she had enough stalls to accommodate Hoskins’ 29 horses.
Instead of sending the 29 horses to the Rochester buyer, Hoskins directed a horse hauler to take her 29 horses from a Niagara County farm to her Aurora farm over the Christmas weekend.
Questions arose in court Tuesday over whether the Rochester buyer ever intended to buy the horses despite the purchaser giving sworn testimony on Dec. 22 in Glownia’s chambers that she was “ready, willing and able” to buy them.
Hoskins’ attorney, George V.C. Muscato, afterward said he was pleased with Tuesday’s outcome before Glownia.
“I thought the judge’s decision was extremely fair, considering the circumstances that brought us here today,” he said.
SPCA attorney Ralph Lorigo said he was frustrated the case is still going on.
“We’ve been through way too much,” he said. “We need, in my opinion, to sell all the horses.”