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U.K. 'Cat Bin Lady' Mary Bale to be prosecuted for dumping cat in trash can

September 20, 2010 |  2:57 pm

Cat Bin Lady LONDON — An animal protection group says it is taking legal action against a British woman who horrified animal lovers when she was recorded dumping a cat into a garbage bin.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that it will prosecute 45-year-old Mary Bale for allegedly "causing unnecessary suffering to a cat."

Bale outraged pet lovers around the world after she was caught on camera casually throwing a cat into a garbage bin, popping the lid shut, and walking away. The video was posted to YouTube and gathered thousands of messages, some of which vowed retribution.

The cat, Lola, was trapped for 15 hours before being rescued by her owners.

The RSPCA said Monday that Bale was due in court in Coventry, central England, on Oct. 19.

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-- Associated Press

Photo: A screen grab from surveillance video posted online shows Bale petting Lola the cat before putting her in the trash bin in foreground

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