Hoskins' Attorneys Expected to Ask Judge for Animals Back

April 8, 2014 Updated Apr 8, 2014 at 2:44 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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Hoskins' Attorneys Expected to Ask Judge for Animals Back

April 8, 2014 Updated Apr 8, 2014 at 2:44 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - A woman convicted of 52 counts of animal cruelty returns to court Tuesday morning.

Back in November, Beth Hoskins was sentenced to three years of probation and forced to pay a $52,000 fine.

The charges stem back to March of 2010 when the SPCA seized 74 horses from her farm, after it was discovered they were living in feces-filled stables, and were dehydrated and malnourished.

When she was sentenced, prosecutors called Hoskins the most prolific animal abuser in recent Erie County History.

In November, the judge ruled Hoskins could keep some of her animals, and today, she'll be in court asking to have the rest of her animals returned.

The SPCA has been sheltering Hoskins' horses since they were seized.

Today, attorneys for both Hoskins and the SPCA will meet for what's called a settlement conference with a State Supreme Court Justice.

It is expected that the issue of returning the horses to Hoskins will be decided, but part of the case settlement will also involve the cost of caring for the seized horses.

The SPCA is still trying to get Hoskins to pay over $1 million in costs.