Mary Bale, an English woman, was recently caught on video as she tossed a cat into a trash bin. The owners of the kitty, whose name is Lola, found her trapped in the bin 15 hours later, after hearing her meowing.
The incident was caught on video, and admittedly, Lola’s owners first thought the culprit was a kid or someone stumbling home from a nearby pub. They did not expect to see 45-year-old Mary Bale, a bank clerk, in the video.
The video went viral on YouTube, where it has received close to 350,000 views and counting. It shows Bale walking along the sidewalk, when she stopped to pet the cat. She then, for no apparent reason, picks the cat up and tosses it in the bin before giving a quick look around and walking away.
In the wake of the video, Bale has received multiple death threats and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RCPSA) is investigating the incident.
Bale, however, is not the only one to come under fire in the wake of a controversial video. Earlier this year, an animal shelter in St. Pauls, NC, garnered national attention after a 13-year-old video surfaced on YouTube showing animals at the shelter being euthanized. The public outcry was not over the fact that the animals were euthanized, but the method in which the shelter used to do so.
The video showed two shelter workers and one dog. One worker held the dog in a harness while another jabs the animal. This method of euthanizing animals was referred to as “heart sticking,” which involves sticking an animals heart with a needle containing sodium pentobarbital.
After public outcry, Health Director Bill Smith called for a change to the system and the shelter, which euthanizes close to 4,000 animals each year, now using intravenous euthanasia.
Mary Bale released a statement Wednesday saying, “I want to take this opportunity to apologize 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 [the cat] or her owners.”
Of course, this may not be all that is heard on the incident, as the RSPCA continues to investigate and Bale comments, “I don’t know what all the fuss is about. It’s just a cat.”
Both videos illustrate the power of technology and social media in shaping life — and sometimes law. It seems someone is always watching, and very little is truly done in private. If Mary Bale had kept that in mind, she would have known that simply looking around after putting a cat in a garbage bin was not enough to ensure that no one was watching; someone is always watching.
Michael Sheridan, “Mary Bale, Caught on Video Throwing Cat into Trash Bin, Says ‘Sorry’ After Receiving Death Threats,” New York Daily News.
“Animal Shelter Stops Controversial Euthanization Practice,” ABC 11 News.