Sixty-two-year-old Bertha Ryan and 55-year-old Regina Millard, who are sisters from Troy, N.Y., each pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Vermont court to 13 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to an animal.
They were arrested last October when they were driving from shelter to shelter trying to put some of the cats up for adoption.
The two women each received 18-month deferred sentences. As part of their sentences, they must undergo mental health treatment and they are forbidden from having animals.
Officials have found homes for most of the cats. Some were euthanized.