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article imageWoman who dumped cat in wheelie bin fined

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By Jane Fazackarley     Oct 19, 2010 in World
Mary Bale, who made the headlines all over the world this year after CCTV footage showed her putting a cat in a wheelie bin appeared in court today.
The Daily Mail report that she was fined £250 and banned from keeping animals for five years.
The footage showed Mary Bale stroking the cat before putting it in a wheelie bin where it ended up staying for 15 hours until being discovered by her owners the next morning.
After the footage was shown Bale received death threats and had to have police protection. She was also said to have been sent hate mail and received threatening phone calls. She has since resigned from her bank job.
According to the Daily Mail, in court today RSPCA prosecutor Nick Sutton said:
"The defendant says she doesn't know why she picked it (the cat) up and didn't intend any massive distress with the cat and she does not know why she did it."
"That does not fit with what we see. She plainly looked to see if anyone was watching which means she was clearly aware of the moral position she was in at that time.'"
Her solicitor David Murray said the action was impulsive and said:
"'There is no evidence to say the cat has not made a full recovery, the court will of course be concerned as to why this matter happened."
Her solicitor also added that she had been suffering from depression. At the time it was also reported that her father was ill in hospital.
In court, Bale admitted causing unnecessary suffering, another charge of not providing the cat with a suitable environment was dropped.
The maximum sentence for a charge like this is a six month jail term or a £20,000 fine. District Judge Caroline Goulborn ruled that she pay the £250 fine which included a victim surcharge and £1,171.04 in costs.
According to the Daily Mail District judge Caroline Goulborn said:
"The media interest in this case has resulted in you being vilified in some quarters and I have taken that into account."
"I accept that you were in a stressful situation at the time, but that's no excuse for what you did."
Nicola Foster, an inspector for the RSPCA told the Daily Mail:
"We are pleased that the court agreed that a complete disregard was shown for the cat’s welfare and hope that this sentence will act as a deterrent to anyone who feels that it is acceptable to mistreat animals in any way."
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