Controversy Continues Over Seized Horses

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 1, 2010 at 7:11 PM EDT

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 1, 2010 at 7:11 PM EDT

TONAWANDA, NY ( WKBW ) 73 horses were rescued by the the Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Animals ( SPCA ) in a raid back in March of 2009. Investigators say the animals were living in filth, neglected, and forced to live in cramped quarters.

Lindsey Styborski, an S.P.C.A. Enforcement officer alleges, "She jammed 24 horses into a small area that was three feed deep in waste."

The owner, Beth Hoskins, was charged with several counts of animal cruelty. But now, she is going to court to get 40 of the animals back.

The S.P.C.A. is fearful that if a judge orders their return, the horses will be neglected again. To prove their case, the S.P.C.A. released photos showing the deplorable conditions.

"These horses were never let outside. This is not mud, this is manure. It took four weeks to comb this out of these horses," claimed Executive Director of the S.P.C.A. Barbara Carr.

Caring for the horses has come at a great cost. The President of the S.P.C.A. Board Larry Robb said, "I think we have gone through $200 thousand dollars to date for the care of those horses." The S.P.C.A. wants Beth Hoskins to start paying for their care.

The animals are doing much better, however one horse is still in isolation while she recovers from serious infections.

Both sides will be in court July 12th. Beth Hoskins has maintained that she is able to care for her horses. Eyewitness News and wkbw.com will continue to bring you the very latest.