A woman in England who was caught on surveillance camera tossing a cat into a trash bin has received multiple death threats, and now, says she’s sorry. ”I want to take this opportunity to apologize profusely for the upset and distress that my actions have caused,” Mary Bale said in a statement on Wednesday. ”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.” The four-year-old tabby, Lola, was strolling along a sidewalk when Bale, 45, walked by. She can be seen in the video stopping by the trash bin, then when the cat approaches, she pets it briefly before lifting it up and tossing it in. ”It was a split second of misjudgment that has got completely out of control,” she said. “I am due to meet with the [Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals] and police to discuss this matter and will cooperate fully with their investigations.”
The remorseful words were then followed by a less than purr-fect remark, however, as Bale added, “I don’t know what the fuss is about. It’s just a cat.” Bale, an unwed bank clerk, insists she never thought the cat would be trapped in the bin. The tabby was not discovered until 15 hours later, when its owner heard it meowing. ”I expected it to wriggle out,” she said. The video was posted on YouTube, and has since received nearly 350,000 views. It has not gained her any fans, either.
“Absolutely disgusting,” wrote one commenter. “You really have to feel for that cat. I so hope that woman has a lonely life.”
“People are so evil,” wrote another. Several Facebook groups have since been founded to bash Bale, with one page called “Mary Bale should be locked up for putting Lola the cat in a bin” raking in more than 6,700 fans.
Another group, which was titled, Death to Mary Bale, has since been removed.
The RSPCA is investigating the incident, but police have not filed any charges.
Youtube Video of Mary Bale caught on surveillance camera: