79-year-old woman sentenced to jail for feeding stray cats
Police have previously cited Nancy four times in the past four years. The citations include not picking up animal waste, feeding strays, and having too many cats on her property. The city has removed 22 cats from the Nancy's property since neighbours started complaining about the animals in 2015.
Nancy finds companionship in the cats:
Though Nancy said she's glad to hear that these felines are going straight to the Public Animal Welfare Society of Ohio to be adopted, she doesn't quite understand why her punishment is so steep. Especially after she has paid $2,000 in fines.
Nancy said that some of the cats were left by a neighbour who moved away, and that she can't help but feed them. Her husband and her own two cats, Moose and Missy, have both passed.
Dave Pawlowski, her son, said he was surprised by his mother's sentence and said: "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?"
Nancy has never been arrested, and says she's scared at the thought of going to jail, even if it's only for a little more than a week.
She says she's learned her lesson too: “I love cats; I have for a long time. But there is a point where I have to think about myself. I don’t want to get into any more trouble than I’m already in."
The Garfield Heights Police shared Nancy's case on their Facebook page, which received a lot of backlash from commenters supporting the woman.
But because of the case's high profile, Nancy might not have to go to jail after all. Municipal Court Judge Jennifer Weiler will reportedly be reviewing the case and seeking alternative punishment.
We'll have to see how everything plays out, but here's hoping both Nancy and her stray cats stay safe and well-fed.