AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Almost 100 animals, many of them living in filthy conditions,have been removed from a local farm. Will the owner be charged withanimal cruelty?
It's definitely a case of suspected animal cruelty. In fact, theSPCA is still on the scene removing some horses. It's being calledthe largest big animal rescue in the last decade for the localagency.
Horses living in horrible conditions, some of Beth Hoskins 73horses are rescued from her town of Aurora horse farm.
"There are feces climbing the walls, feces all over the floor ofthe stables. There's feces in the water dishes, feces in the foodbowl, and some of the horses have feces covering them," said SPCAspokesperson Gina Browning.
In addition to the horses, 53 cats and four dogs are also beingtaken from the property.
"The allegation is the animals are unkempt. We would certainlydispute that, but Ms. Hoskins really wants to work with the lawenforcement and SPCA to make sure there are safe conditions for anyof the animals," said attorney Barry Covert.
This is not the first time the SPCA has been to Hoskins horsefarm.
Browning said, "We were here in years past. We were here asrecently as two years ago. The conditions were very different.There was a question as to whether the horses were ever turned outor let outside."
That, in and of itself, is not a crime, but neighbors and horselovers who showed up after the story broke expressed concern.
“Surprises me. Totally surprised me. I know her, somewhat.Nice enough lady and I know she breeds more and this surprises methat she’s not taking care of them, according to whatthey’re saying,” said neighbor Steve Eilrich.
Numerous trailers are being utilized to bring the horses to safeand sanitary conditions.
“The care taking situation is, we know there’s acare taking situation. The conditions are still unsanitary and inNew York State, unsanitary conditions constitutes animalcruelty,” said Browning.
No charges have been filed at this point. For the SPCA, thiscould be a big financial burden. The SPCA estimates it could costas much as $30,000 just to start to care for all of those horsesfor one month.
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