EAST AURORA, NY (WKBW) - After three years, more than 22,000 pages of court documents and millions of dollars, the legal case against Aurora horse farm owner Beth Hoskins is over.
Hoskins was found guilty on 52 charges of misdemeanor Animal Cruelty and not guilty on 22 of those charges.
Hoskins' Emery Road farm was raided by the SPCA back in March of 2010, when investigators seized 73 horses and scores of cats. A legal battle has ensued since.
"I suppose vindicated is a word that we could use, but we don't go into a case without doing our homework and knowing what we are doing so I'm not at all surprised that we got to this point. Certainly the proof was there," said Barbara Carr, Executive Director of the Erie County SPCA.
Hoskins says the judge's ruling is just the beginning of what is going to be a long battle.
"We're not done yet. We're not done yet. This was just one person and one person's opinion," said Hoskins after the verdict was read.
According to Carr, the SPCA has spent about $1 million dollars caring for the seized horses, of which 40 have already been returned to Hoskins.
Hoskins says she has spent just as much between legal fees and in payment to the SPCA for the care of the animals.
Despite Monday's ruling, Hoskins maintains her innocence and blames the SPCA of setting her up.
"Pictures that they have used for fundraising or pictures of my horses at the Niagara County Fairgrounds 4 to 6 weeks after the seizure, where they had become thin in their care. There are not pictures of horses thin at my property," said Hoskins.
Hoskins has filed a civil suit against the SPCA among others, seeking $2 billion in damages. That suit is pending.
Sentencing in the case is scheduled for September 26.