A woman who was caught on camera
tossing a cat into a wheelie bin has been charged with two counts of animal
Mary Bale is accused of causing
unnecessary suffering to Lola, a four-year-old tabby, and of not providing her
with a suitable environment.
The RSPCA has taken the case to
court after footage emerged showing the 45-year-old stroking the cat, looking
around her and then picking her up by the scruff of her neck and dropping her
in the bin before walking off.
The cat was trapped for around 15
hours, but suffered no physical injury.
The filmed incident sparked outrage
and made headlines around the world, with animal lovers on Facebook even
calling for her death.
It also led to an investigation by
the RSPCA, which interviewed Ms Bale and sent a file on the case for review by
its prosecutions department.
The bank worker, from St Michael’s
Road in Coventry, will appear before the city’s Magistrates Court on 19 October
Ms Bale has already issued a public
apology for her actions, describing them as a split second of misjudgement.
“I cannot explain why I did
this,” her statement read.
“It is completely out of
character and I certainly did not intend to cause any distress to Lola or her