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RSPCA may prosecute over binned cat

The RSPCA has said it is considering whether to prosecute a woman who was caught on CCTV dumping a cat in a wheelie bin.

Footage of Mary Bale throwing four-year-old tabby Lola into a bin sparked outrage and made international headlines. Some animal lovers called for the woman's death on social networking site Facebook.

A spokeswoman for the animal charity said: "Mary Bale has been interviewed by an RSPCA inspector and a full file is being compiled and will be sent for review by the prosecutions department."

Ms Bale, from the Stoke area of Coventry, has said she is "profoundly sorry" for her "split second of misjudgment".

In a statement to the media, the 45-year-old bank worker 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."

Police said they are "closely monitoring" any online threats against her.

Hundreds of people posted angry messages on Facebook because of the clip showing Lola being thrown into the green rubbish bin, which was uploaded by the cat's owners.

A spokeswoman for the social networking site said a group entitled Death to Mary Bale had been removed for contravening Facebook's terms of use. West Midlands Police said some of the group's content was "inflammatory and offensive".

Lola's owners, Stephanie and Darryl Mann, from Bray's Lane in Coventry, said they were "stunned" by the reaction to the footage, taken from security cameras outside their home.

The cat was trapped in the bin for 15 hours but it emerged unscathed.


From Belfast Telegraph