Back in 2017, a group of stray cats began visiting Nancy Segula’s home in Garfield Heights, Ohio.
Nancy, a 79-year-old widow who has lived in the same house for 30 years, has always loved cats.
So when they started gathering at her back porch, she was happy to feed their hungry bellies.
At first, Nancy was feeding about six to eight adult cats. Eventually there were kittens, too. She provided them with food and water, simply because she cared and worried about them. “I miss my own kitties, they passed away, my husband passed away,” she told Cleveland.com. “I’m lonely. So the cats and kitties outside help me.”
As time passed, Nancy’s neighbors started to complain.
After all, it’s illegal in her town to feed stray dogs and cats.
Nancy says she tried connecting with local shelters to see if they could help her care for the cats, but was unsuccessful.
Then her angry neighbors called the animal warden.
Nancy received her first citation in 2017. She ended up paying four more fines before the judge delivered a sentence neither she nor her family ever saw coming — and they insist the punishment does not fit the crime.
Footage provided by WJW Cleveland
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