The owners of a cat which was
thrown into a wheelie bin by a woman have appealed to hundreds of people who
have expressed their rage online not to “take matters into their own
The RSPCA launched an investigation
after a grey-haired woman was captured on CCTV dumping Lola the rescue cat into
a large green rubbish bin.
Lola’s owner Stephanie Mann, 24,
said: “I can’t believe the reaction to the story. I only posted it on
Facebook because I wanted to see who she was.
“Whatever she has done, I
don’t like her, but I don’t want her to get hurt.”
Mrs Mann and her husband Daryll did
not expect the reaction that occurred after they posted the footage from
outside their home in the Stoke area of Coventry.
The cat, which was trapped for 15
hours, emerged unscathed but the footage posted on social networking site
Facebook provoked viewer outrage.
Hundreds of people joined groups on
the site, including one entitled “catch the evil b**** who put the cat in
the bin”, and many have posted threatening messages about the woman
depicted in the CCTV.
The woman – named by authorities as
Mary Bale – was offered police protection because of the “level of vitriol
The Manns found the trapped
four-year-old cat when they heard her cries on Sunday morning.
When they looked through their CCTV
footage they were shocked to discover it was a middle-aged woman and not
drunken yobs as they suspected.
The RSPCA said it was
“appalled” by Ms Bale’s actions and was continuing investigations to
decide whether to bring charges against her.