Bank clerk ‘who dumped cat in wheelie bin’ charged with animal cruelty

From The Daily Mail:

A woman who sparked international outrage after allegedly dumping a cat into a wheelie bin was today charged with animal cruelty.

Mary Bale, 45, hit headlines after she was apparently caught on CCTV stroking four-year-old tabby Lola before throwing her into a bin.

The cat was believed to have been trapped for 15 hours before her owners Stephanie Andrews-Mann, 24, and husband Darryl, 26, found her the following morning.

Miss Bale, a bank clerk, has now been charged with two animal cruelty offences by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

She will appear before Coventry Magistrates Court next month accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a cat and not providing an animal with a suitable environment.

Both offences, which come under the Animal Welfare Act, can carry a prison sentence and a lifetime ban from keeping animals.

(via Boing Boing)