Jury Renders Quick Verdict in Liberty Cat Case

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

LIBERTY, Mo. -- A Liberty jury rendered a quick verdict in a case that accused a woman of owning too many cats. The jury found her guilty. She is expected to be sentenced Tuesday morning.

Prosecutors said Anne Betancourt was breaking the law, but Betancourt claimed that she was just helping to cut down on the feral cat population in Liberty.

Betancourt was charged with owning 12 cats -- the limit is four in Liberty. But Betancourt said she only owned four cats, and was instead trapping the feral cat population living in the woods near her home, taking them to a shelter to be spayed and neutered and then re-releasing them back into the woods.

Betancourt said that she is upset that her efforts to control the wild cat population near her home resulted in a trial.

"These aren't my cats," said Betancourt. "I'm just spaying and neutering them, otherwise there would be 100 cats in this area. I don't want that either."

Authorities said they are simply enforcing the law -- currently, Liberty traps and then euthanizes wild cats. Betancourt said that by taking her case to trial, she might be able to change the law.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s