Mary Bale, the woman behind the “wheelie bin” scandal, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a cat. She received a five-year ban on keeping animals, a fine of £265 and was ordered to pay court costs of £1,171.
Mary Bale, the woman behind the “wheelie bin” scandal, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a cat and received a five-year ban on keeping animals. She also received a fine of £265 and was ordered to pay the costs of the case, which totalled £1,171.
In a case brought by the RSPCA today (October 19), Coventry magistrates’ court heard how Bale picked up the four-year-old tabby cat, named Lola, outside the cat’s home in Brays Lane, Coventry, and put her into the bin on August 21 this year.
Lola’s owners, Stephanie and Darryl Andrews-Mann, discovered their cat inside the wheelie bin the next day, where she had been for approximately 15 hours. Bale was identified from CCTV footage of the incident, which was posted on the internet.
In mitigation, Bale said that her father had been taken to hospital following a fall, but district judge Caroline Goulborn said: “I accept that you were in a stressful situation but that is no excuse. The potential to cause harm to the cat was substantial.”
RSPCA inspector Nicola Foster said: “This was a deliberate act and could have had far worse consequences as the defendant had no way of knowing if there was anything like broken glass in the bin, nor how long the cat would be there before she was found, nor if the bin was due to be emptied.
“We are pleased that the court agreed that a complete disregard was shown for the cat’s welfare […] However, we hope that this sentence will act as a deterrent to anyone who feels that it is acceptable to mistreat animals in any way.”