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UK woman who dumped cat in trash charged with animal cruelty

By Laura Trowbridge     Sep 22, 2010 in Crime
Coventry - It is now official. Mary Bale of Coventry, UK, has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty for dumping a cat into a garbage bin.
Bale, 45, has been charged with “causing unnecessary suffering to a cat and of not providing the animal with a suitable environment.”
Last month, Digital Journal reported on the shocking story of the British woman who was caught on CCTV petting a friendly cat before surreptitiously looking about and grabbing the cat, throwing it into a garbage bin, then nonchalantly walking away.
The Manns, owners of Lola the cat, found her 15 hours after she had been tossed into the trash by Mary Bale. Lola was distressed and sitting in her own filth, but physically unharmed.
After Stephanie Mann posted the video footage on her Facebook page in an effort to discover who the woman was, it drew the attention and rage of many people, and became a top media story around the world.
When details came out of who Mary Bale was, and where she lived and worked, she became the focus of hatred around the neighborhood, the country and the whole world. She was given around-the-clock police protection after being the subject of many threats. Even her bank job was threatened with boycotts from customers.
The Sun reported that RSPCA released a statement saying, "Mary is due to appear at Coventry Magistrates Court on Tuesday October 19 to face two criminal charges, contrary to the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
"The RSPCA has taken the case to court as two alleged offences have been committed — of causing unnecessary suffering to a cat and of not providing the animal with a suitable environment.
"Ms Bale was witnessed on CCTV footage stroking a cat, then looking round and picking the cat up by the scruff of its neck before putting it in a wheelie bin, shutting the lid and walking away from the scene.
"At no point did she return. The cat was trapped in the bin for approximately 15 hours.
"As criminal proceedings are now active the RSPCA will not be issuing any further statements or completing interview requests until conclusion of the court case."
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