Cat Dumper Charged with Animal Cruelty
The British woman who sparked outrage throughout the cat-loving world by tossing a cat in a trash bin will be prosecuted by the RSPCA.
On August 24, Mary Bale was filmed by a security camera as she greeted Lola, a neighborhood cat and then tossed her in a trash can, where she languished for 15 hours before being found by her owners.
Lola's owners, Daryl and Stephanie Andrews-Mann, posted videos of the incident on their Facebook page.
Bale will go before Coventry, UK, magistrates on October 19, on charges of causing the cat unnecessary suffering and failing to provide the cat with a suitable environment, contrary to the 2006 Animal Welfare Act.
West Midlands police handed responsibility over to the RSPCA, who interviewed Bale before deciding to launch a prosecution.
"The RSPCA has taken the case to court as two alleged offenses have been committed -- of causing unnecessary suffering to a cat and of not providing the animal with a suitable environment," a spokesman said.
"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."
Although Bale first said she "thought it would be funny" and tossed the cat in the trash can as "a joke," she later apologized for her behavior and describedher actions as"completely out of character."
[Source: BBC Channel 4 News]