Ohio 79-year-old woman sentenced to prison for feeding stray cats


GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio – Nancy Segula, who lives on Havana Road in Garfield Heights, noticed that stray cats were starting to show up in front of her house every day.

“It started in 2017 with me, I was feeding stray kittens. I had a neighbor who had some cats and he moved, so he left them, “said Segula. “I always fed and cared for them because I was worried about them and I am a cat lover. Once my neighbors got upset about it, they called the animal warden “


She got her first citation in 2017. More followed.

“I had a total of four,” said Segula.

His last citation required her to appear before Magistrate Jeffrey Short on June. He sentenced her to 10 days in Cuyahoga County Prison.

“I could not believe what my mother was telling me. She will spend ten days in the county jail, I could not believe it, “said Dave Pawlowski, his son.

“I’m sure people hear about what’s going on downtown in this jail. And will they let my 79-year-old mother go?

At Garfield Heights, it is illegal to feed stray dogs and cats under Order 505.23. However, Segula does not think the punishment fits the crime.


“It’s too much for me for what I do. When there are so many people doing bad things, “she said.

FOX 8 contacted the dog guard and the Mayor of Garfield Heights, with no response in return.

Segula is to report to the county jail Aug. 11 at 9 a.m.


GARFIELD HEIGHTS – A judge has suspended a 10-day jail sentence for Nancy Segula.

The judgment requires Segula to remove items in her yard that provide shelter for animals and stop feeding animals.