The British woman who sparked an Internet frenzy for throwing a cat into the trash now says her actions were "completely out of character" and meant as a "joke."
Mary Bale, 45, was caught on CCTV petting four-year-old tabby cat Lola before picking her up, tossing her into a trash can and closing the lid. When Lola's owners posted the clip online, it sparked a terse reaction from animal lovers and advocates which allegedly culminated in a series of death threats against Bale, an unmarried banker and resident of Coventry, England.
"I want to take this opportunity to apologize profusely for the upset and distress that my actions have caused," she told the Daily Mail. "I certainly did not intend to cause any distress to Lola or her owners."
Still, Bale felt the outcry had been blown out of proportion. "I don't know what the fuss is about. It's just a cat," the Mail reported her as saying.
I saw that video a few days ago, I wonder what her intention was. I particularly liked the way the cowardly woman kept looking around to ascertain there were no witnesses to her cowardly act. I believe the cat was in the bin for 16 hours? .. and there are comments on here suggesting there was no problem with that? That's bizarre!