Betancourt contended that she was trapping feral cats to have them neutered or spayed before releasing them (what animal advocates refer to as trap-neuter-return) in an effort to keep the pet population down. Neighbors didn't see it that way, calling police to complain about the cats on Betancourt's property. She was cited for creating a public nuisance in October 2011, choosing to fight the charges in court.
Betancourt's sentencing hearing is today. She could receive 90 days in jail or a fine of up to $500, or the jury could suggest that she serve time and pay a fine.