The woman caught on video in Coventry, United Kingdom, throwing a cat in a garbage bin has been identified. Her name is Mary Bale, and she works as a customer services representative at a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland. Since the video was posted to YouTube by the owners in an attempt to discover the identity of the woman who tossed their cat, Lola, into a curbside garbage bin, derogatory comments flooded the Internet. Sky News reports that several websites and Facebook pages sprung up denigrating, criticizing, and threatening the woman’s well-being — and that was before she was identified.
Once her identity was known, Mary Bale went to local authorities for protection. One Facebook page titled “Death to Mary Bale” has been taken down. Police warn that they are “closely monitoring” all threatening messages for potential problems.
The former choir singer also has apologized profusely for her action. She told The Sun that she did it unthinkingly, as a joke. “It’s just a cat,” she told the newspaper. She noted that it was totally out of character for her.
When asked by reporters what motive she had for chucking the cat in the bin, she referred them to a released statement:
“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.
“It was a split second of misjudgement that has got completely out of control.
“I am due to meet with the RSPCA and police to discuss this matter further and will co-operate fully with their investigations.
“I wish to reiterate that I am profoundly sorry for my actions and wish to resolve this matter to everyone’s satisfaction as soon as possible.”
Mary Bale faces possible RSPCA prosecution.
Many of those who’ve witnessed the video, which was captured on the cat owners’ closed circuit surveillance camera, think she should face criminal charges. However, according to local authorities, there is no offense on the books for her admittedly despicable act against the kitten.
The video caught the woman as she walked down the Coventry street. She reaches out to pet a cat walking along a stone wall. She appears to look around as she leads the cat back a few steps, then lifts the lid of a nearby garbage bin and throws the cat inside. The cat was trapped for 15 hours before its owners rescued her after hearing her cries from inside the bin.
Stephanie Mann, Lola’s owner, is appalled that people have threatened 45-year-old Mary Bale. She urges restraint, especially for those threatening physical harm and death. “Whatever she has done, I don’t like her, but I don’t want her to get hurt. It needs to be dealt with properly, not by people getting aggressive with her.”
Bale’s mother insists that she “adores” animals. Bale maintains now that she wished she’d never seen the cat that day. Bale told The Sun: “Everything has gone crazy because of a stupid spur-of-the-moment thing I did — but I know I only have myself to blame.”
An RSPCA spokesperson told Sky News its officers would set up an interview with Mary Bale in the near future.
The death threat-inspiring video of Bale throwing Lola the cat into a garbage bin follows.
The Sun via Sky.com