WETUMPKA, Ala. –
Two women in Alabama have been convicted of misdemeanors for attempting to feed and trap feral cats.
Local news outlets reported that Judge Jeff Courtney of the City of Wetumpka on Tuesday found 85-year-old Beverly Roberts guilty of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. Mary Alston, 61, was found guilty of criminal trespass and interference in government operations.
Courtney sentenced both women to 2 years of unsupervised probation and 10 days in prison. Prison sentences have been suspended, meaning the women will not have to serve their sentences. Each woman was also fined $100 and had to pay court fees.
The verdicts came after a trial before Courtney in the northern town of Montgomery. Lawyers for the two women said they would appeal.
The women were arrested and taken into custody by police in Wetumpka in June. The sheriff said the women had previously been warned not to feed stray animals.
Terry Luck, an attorney for one of the women, previously said the women were doing their public service by trapping stray cats and neutering and spaying them.
Wetumpka Sheriff Greg Benton said feeding the cats was a nuisance because it attracted more animals to the area. He said both women were “repeatedly” warned to stop before being arrested.