So, I fully understand that when you break the law you are held accountable for your actions. Especially if you’re a “repeat offender”. That’s how the world works. But when the punishment FAR outweighs the crime, you have to ask if there is more to the story. Last week in Garfield Heights, Ohio, magistrate Jeffrey Short sentenced a 79-year-old woman to jail time–for feeding stray cats!
Nancy Segula, a sweet little 79-year-old woman, has been sentenced to serve 10 days in the Cuyahoga County Jail!
But how did it come to this you may wonder? Sadly, it happened after her neighbor moved away and simply left his cats outside to fend for themselves. Although somewhat weary of humans now, the felines regularly show up on Nancy’s porch.
So about two years ago when they began showing up at her house, the cat-loving Segula was happy to put out food and water for them. She couldn’t bear to see them starving or suffering in the extreme weather the mid-western United States experiences.
And it was in 2017 that she received her first citation for doing so.
In total, she’s received 4 citations for feeding the stray cats over the last 2 years. They state she is in violation of ordinance 505.23, which states it’s illegal to feed stray cats and dogs in the city.
But a 10-day jail sentence for feeding some cats?! That seems a bit far-fetched, not to mention a waste of space at the states largest jail.
And this isn’t just a minimum-security “long-weekend” type prision either. Here’s a blurb from a news article published JUST this month!
It’s still not confirmed whether Segula will have to report to the prison by August 11th, as sentenced.
But after the shocking announcement during the court proceedings, her family is pleading that they can to stop the madness.
“I couldn’t believe what my mother was telling me. She gets 10 days in the county jail, I couldn’t believe it,” her son Dave Pawlowski, told @CBS6. “I’m sure people hear about the things that happen downtown in that jail. And they are going to let my 79-year-old mother go there?”
And how is poor, sweet Nancy feeling about all this? Well scared and nervous are the top two.
Hopefully the city will see the error in this decision and re-review her case for a fitting punishment. It’s a shame the local animal rescue didn’t step in earlier to help TNR the colony. Perhaps they should be looking into this a bit more? Clearly a TNR program in the area is needed.
REMEMBER: SPAY/NEUTER, FOSTER, VOLUNTEER, TNR & AS ALWAYS, ADOPT, DON’T SHOP!
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