Dozens Protest at Animal Cruelty Hearing

July 11, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 10:50 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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July 11, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 10:50 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Dozens turned out to have their voices heard at a hearing in State Supreme Court Monday morning.

Last week, Justice Joseph Glownia ruled to return 40 horses to Beth Hoskins before the criminal trial of Animal Cruelty began. A decision that did not sit well with animal rights activists.

Protesters showed support for the SPCA both inside the courtroom and in front of the courthouse. The SPCA also cited Hoskins' attorneys with
over one-hundred new charges of animal abuse as they entered the courthouse Monday morning.

"Between the day that he made that court order, which was last Tuesday, and the day when all the evidence was going to be presented was on Monday, was six days. All he had to do was wait six days to see all the evidence and then make a decision. And he chose to make it six days before the hearing," said Mary Hager, the organizer of the protest against Hoskins receiving her animals back.

So far Hoskin's has 17 of her horses back and is struggling to repair her now tarnished image.

"My reputation has been ruined. People in this country who would want to give me horses in the past, rightfully so, unfortunately have no idea what the truth is at this point," said Hoskins.

Meanwhile, perfect strangers to Beth Hoskins are stepping up to make sure she doesn't get anymore of her animals back. Why? Contrary to Hoskin's denying she abused the animals, they say pictures released by the SPCA show the true story.

"I saw a sway back horse, I saw a horse who's ribs were sticking out, I saw a horse whose hooves were turning out. That one we have a before an after where the hooves now look beautiful because they've been treated," said Hager.

Hoskins was charged with 114 new charges Monday, making a total of 124 charges against her. Hoskins is due back in court on July 29.