Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The Woman, the Cat and the Trash Can
A middle-aged woman caught on camera dumping a cat into a trash can is being offered police protection as thousands join a Facebook group protesting against her actions.
PCSOs are on duty outside the Mrs Mary Bale's home 'to ensure public order is maintained' after she was filmed stroking the tabby along a suburban street.
The woman - a bank worker from Rugby who has been interviewed by police - is then seen grabbing the cat, called Lola, by the scruff of her neck and throwing her into the green bin before slamming the lid shut.
Lola's owner Stephanie Mann, 24, said: "I can't believe the reaction to the story. I only posted it on Facebook because I wanted to see who she was.
"Whatever she has done, I don't like her, but I don't want her to get hurt."
Mrs Mann and her husband Daryll said they did not expect the reaction that occurred after they posted the footage from outside their home in the Stoke area of Coventry.
The cat, which was trapped for 15 hours, emerged unscathed but the footage posted on social networking site Facebook provoked viewer outrage.