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How Alabama women convicted for feeding, trapping stray cats

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Two Alabama women were charged with misdemeanor felonies for their efforts to feed and trap stray cats.

Beverly Roberts, 85, was found guilty of criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct by Wetumpka Municipal Judge Jeff Courtney on Tuesday, according to local news outlets. Mary Alston, 61, was found guilty of criminal trespass and interfering with official business.

Both women were sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation and ten days in jail by Courtney. The women’s jail sentence was suspended, so they will not serve any time. In addition, each woman was fined $100 and ordered to pay court costs.

How Alabama women convicted for feeding, trapping stray cats

The verdicts came after a bench trial in the town just north of Montgomery before Courtney. The two women’s attorneys have stated that they will file an appeal.

In June, police in Wetumpka arrested and took the women to jail. The women had previously been warned not to feed stray animals, according to the police chief.

Terry Luck, an attorney for one of the women, previously stated that the women were performing a public service by trapping stray cats and neutering and spaying them.

Wetumpka Police Chief Greg Benton stated that feeding the cats was a nuisance because it drew more animals to the area. He claimed that both women were “repeatedly” warned to stop before being arrested.

source:summarybio.com