Couple found guilty of feeding cats files appeal

AUGUSTA, Kan. (KWCH) An Augusta couple found guilty of feeding feral cats filed an appeal in the case.

Sue and Ray Jones were found guilty of feeding and giving water to feral cats in Augusta.

They were both found guilty of creating a nuisance and allowing cats to run at large.

A judge ordered them to pay a fine of $150 per person for each count they are guilty.

Their daughter, Kate Roggenbaum, called the charges ridiculous.

"I've heard from a lot of people all over the country that say...they've never heard of anything like this," said Roggenbaum. "One comment was this must be fake news."

Roggenbaum said it's not fair because her parents felt like it was the right thing to do.

"I think that there are far more important things going on in the world today, and I think that the humane treatment of animals is not criminal and should not be criminalized," said Roggenbaum.

Valero's manager, Amber Goff, said she noticed cat food and water left near dumpsters at the gas station.

"It's not a problem to us though other than them leaving their trash," said Goff.

She said she doesn't consider it a nuisance, but she would like to see the bowls cleaned up rather than left on the ground.

"I don't think they should get in trouble for feeding a cat necessarily, but be responsible about it," said Goff.

Across the street, the NAPA manager said he complained multiple times about the cats to animal control.

He said skunks ate cat food thrown on the ground, sprayed the cats and made the area stink.

Roggenbaum said people feed cats all the time and don't get charged for it.

Roggenbaum said she created a Go Fund Me page for her parents, and she has raised more than $1,500 to go toward fines and fees.

The city manager said the city can't comment on it.