‘Cat woman’ Mary Bale arrives in court on animal cruelty charges

October 19, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

This is the moment ‘cat woman’ Mary Bale arrives at court to answer charges of animal cruelty.

'Cat woman' Mary Bale arrives in court on animal cruelty charges

Dressed in green, the 45-year-old is appearing before Coventry Magistrates Court accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a cat and not providing an animal with a suitable environment.

BREAKING NEWS: MARY BALE PLEADS GUILTY

Bale  gained global notoriety in August when she was filmed allegedly dumping Lola the cat into a wheelie bin.

CCTV appeared to show Bale grabbing Lola by the scruff of the neck, throwing her in a wheelie bin and slamming the lid shut.

The terrified tabby was trapped for 15 hours before her owners Stephanie Andrews-Mann, 24, and husband Darryl, 26, finally found her the following morning.

Bank worker Bale, signed off from her role at Natwest with stress following the incident, became a global hate figure – receiving threats from around the world.

RSPCA spokeswoman Judith Haw said: “The RSPCA has taken the case to court as two alleged offences have been committed; of causing unnecessary suffering to a cat and of not providing the animal with a suitable environment.

“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.”

The offences, under the Animal Welfare Act, can carry a prison sentence and lifetime ban from keeping animals.

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