79-year-old woman sentenced to jail for feeding stray cats

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As if a judge in Garfield Heights doesn’t have anything else to do besides sentencing a 79-year-old woman to jail for feeding stray cats, it seems Nancy Segula will soon be spending ten days behind bars.

According to Fox News, Nancy began feeding the cats a few years ago when the owner moved away, and the cats arrived at her front porch obviously looking for food. And so, being a compassionate human, Nancy fed the cats. Then Nancy’s neighbor, who obviously doesn’t have a kind feeling for abandoned felines, called the authorities and Nancy was issued a ticket.

Since then Nancy has received three more citations, and the last one told her to appear in front of a judge who sentenced her to ten days in the Cuyahoga County Jail – told to report on August 11. The judge sentenced her under an ordinance that makes it illegal to feed stray dogs and cats.

On the Garfield Heights Animal Control Facebook page, angry animal advocates are already sounding off:

“Extremely rude and unprofessional. It’s a sad day when an elderly woman is jailed for feeding hungry and homeless animals. The warden should have helped this situation long before it came to that by trapping these animals.”

And so questions remain unanswered. Where was Animal Control to help these abandoned pets? Doesn’t this judge have something better to do than jail an elderly woman for feeding hungry cats?

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6 replies
  1. Bunny Peters says:

    Wow ? ?? My former neighbor and I would have been locked up too (we fed strays. Under our city’s laws if one feeds a stray animal for 31 days, that animal is considered your pet. That’s how my husband and I “adopted” 2 cats and a dog)……
    I think this judge is terrible for punishing compassionate behavior……. I wonder if he gives out “free weekends in Las Vegas to animal abusers”???

  2. Gens says:

    Nothing worse then a neighbor that can’t mind her own business ! How many cats is she feeding?? If this issue was such a big deal WHY WASNT ANIMAL CONTROL BROUGHT IN SOONER???

  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    Good lord, the cats had been abandoned, if you want to go after someone go after the POS that left them homeless! In this day and age when people are starving their pets and get nothing more than a slap on the wrist, a good samaritan is going to jail for actually trying to help these cats, the whole community, especially the judge should be ashamed!

  4. Jan Barnes says:

    Wow! If I lived there, I’d be in jail for life! She should be more clandestine about where she feeds the cats (like what most people do).

    Too bad the neighbor and the judge lost their hearts somewhere–if they ever had a heart to begin with!

  5. Anne Turner says:

    Shelters are FULL IN OHIO !!!
    What are we sure to do let them starve !! NO !!
    It’s the same as putting any person in jail that feeds a homeless person !! Ridiculous !! No Cat wants to be Homeless !!!! Get a Heart ❤️ Judge !!!!!

  6. Elaine Gerber says:

    This action is a travesty. Going to jail for acts of compassion. Why wasn’t aco involved helping this woman out. Why were owners not pursued. Did the woman have an attorney. All this due to the actions of a few wayward disgusting neighbors and who is feeding the cats now? How would this magistrate like to go around without food, water and shelter? This woman should be given a medal for kindness, not a stupid jail sentence.


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