She is 79 Years Old, Facing Jail for a Kind Heart and Feeding Hungry Kitties: [Sad VIDEO]
An elderly Ohio woman has been sentenced to jail time for feeding stray cats in her neighborhood. 79-year-old Nancy Segula of Garfield Heights, Ohio, started feeding strays a few years ago when a neighbor moved away and left his cats behind. Report by Denise Simon
You read that correctly. Her cats were removed from her property and Mrs. Segula was sentenced to jail after illegally feeding strays. This is where we are, folks. She is 79 years old and facing jail for being too kind to animals.
How about this post on Facebook from an Ohio Police Department:
The Mayor, the Garfield Heights Police Department and the City of Garfield Heights as a whole have received quite a bit…
There are countless remedies in this situation and one has to ask if any have been explored. For instance, does the law need to be repealed? Or how about non-profit groups stepping in to care for the cats? Should the Judge consider applying real discretion and offer Mrs. Segula community volunteer duty rather than jail? The animal warden in full consideration of the issue and Mrs. Segula applied discretion, however is there a larger animal crisis here that needs to be addressed due to the volume of stray animals?
The local media news item is found here. There is another issue at play here and that is a lonely widow that has found some joy in taking care of strays. She has found meaning in the gesture of taking care of stray cats. Senior citizen centers and homes often find success where small pets bring joy to the elderly. Could this be yet another solution?
Meanwhile, Mrs. Segula should not go to jail, or should she? This dear old lady is a widow and now is at odds with the neighbors and the law. Yet it appears the Judge is offering her some grace and a legal reprieve, at least for now.
CNN reports. “I got a total of four (citations),” Segula told Fox 8 News. “It began in 2017 with me feeding stray kitties. I used to have a neighbor that had a couple of cats and he moved away so he left them,” Segula said. “I would always feed them and care for them because I was worried about them and I’m a cat lover. Once my neighbors got upset about it, they called the animal warden.”
She told Cleveland.com that feeding the cats helped her cope with the death of her husband. “I miss my own kitties, they passed away, my husband passed away,” she said. “I’m lonely. So the cats and kitties outside help me.”
Segula feels like the punishment does not fit her crime. “It’s too much of a sentence for me for what I’m doing. When there are so many people out there that do bad things,” she told Fox 8 News. Dave Pawlowski, Segula’s son, agrees. “I couldn’t believe what my mother was telling me.
She gets 10 days in the county jail, I couldn’t believe it,” he lamented. However, she may not have to. Garfield Heights Municipal Court Judge Jennifer Weiler, who was not in court at the time of Segula’s probation hearing, wants to hear the case herself because of the controversy that has surrounded the outcome, according to Cleveland.com. The judge feels she needs to hear all sides of the case before deciding if another outcome is necessary instead of jail, a bailiff told the site. That court date has not been set yet.