Woman apologises for dumping cat
A woman who was caught on CCTV dumping a cat in a wheelie bin said she was "profoundly sorry" for what she described as "a split second of misjudgment".
Footage of Mary Bale throwing four-year-old tabby Lola into a bin sparked an angry online campaign, with some animal lovers calling for her death on social networking site Facebook.
It also led to an investigation by the RSPCA, which plans to interview Ms Bale later on Wednesday.
In a statement released to the media, Ms Bale, 45, said: "I want to take this opportunity to apologise profusely for the upset and distress that my actions have caused. I cannot explain why I did this, it is completely out of character and I certainly did not intend to cause any distress to Lola or her owners."
Meanwhile, a Facebook group calling for the death of Mrs Bale has been removed by moderators as police said they were "closely monitoring" threats made towards her online.
Hundreds of people posted angry messages online after a clip showing four-year-old tabby Lola being thrown into a bin was uploaded by her owners.
Mary Bale, a bank worker from the Stoke area of Coventry, told The Sun that she binned the feline as "a joke", adding: "It's only a cat."
But animal lovers have expressed their rage online, with some calling for Ms Bale to be violently punished. One Facebook user said the 45-year-old should be "repeatedly head butted", whilst another wrote: "She should be flogged to within an inch of her life."
West Midlands Police described the some of the group's content as "inflammatory and offensive".