A 79-year-old woman from Garfield Heights, Ohio, was sentenced to jail last week after she was caught feeding stray cats, Cleveland.com Reports.
According to the newspaper, Nancy Segula was sentenced to 10 days in a local jail for the act, which is prohibited under a city order prohibiting local residents from feeding animals in the area that they do not legally own.
This week, Garfield Heights Municipal Court Judge Jennifer Weiler said she would like to hear the case herself after criticism was raised over the sentence handed down by the Garfield Heights Municipal Court Magistrate , Jeffrey Short, who presided over the tribunal while Weiler was away last week.
Segula, who has appeared in court four times for feeding stray cats, told the newspaper it had taken him “a few years to realize that there was a law” banning the act.
She was reportedly released on probation for her first violation of the law. But after breaking the law several times, Segula had to pay more than $ 2,000 in fines. It was his fourth violation that prompted a local judge to sentence him to prison.
“Cats keep coming to my house,” Segula, whose husband died in 2017, told the newspaper. “I feel bad, so I’m going to give them something to eat.”
âThere have been around six to eight adult cats and now there are kittens coming as well,â she continued. “I miss my own kittens, they are dead, my husband is dead. I’m alone. So the cats and kittens outside help me.
Segula told Cleveland.com she reached out to local organizations to try and get help for the cats, but said it didn’t work.