Closing Argument: A Kitty Litter-er Finds Herself in a Cat-astrophe

Aug 26, 2010 12:05am

15 hours.

That’s how long Lola the cat spent in the garbage bin outside her home in Central England.

After a desperate search, her owners eventually heard her muffled meows and rescued the 4-year-old kitty.

Luckily, they had previously installed a security camera in their front yard.

When they checked the footage expecting to see pranksters or a drunk, it was a most unlikely offender.

She’s Mary Bale, 45, gray-haired, a bank clerk from Coventry, 95 miles northwest of London.

After Lola’s owners slapped the surveillance video online, hundreds of thousands watched as Bale pets the cat, then grabs it by the scruff of its neck and tosses it into the trash bin.

The video sparked an outcry on Facebook and YouTube and police now guard Bale’s house after she received death threats.

She has apologized for her actions, telling the Sun newspaper, “I don't know what came over me, but I suddenly thought it would be funny to put it in the wheelie bin, which was right beside me."

But she also added: “I really don't see what everyone is getting so excited about — it's just a cat."

Police have not yet charged Bale with an offense.

But the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is launching an investigation.

By the way, Lola, said her owners, is in good shape.

Tonight we ask you, should Mary Bale face any punishment for dumping Lola in the garbage?



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