Britain's deputy PM joins furore over binned cat
Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on Friday joined the chorus of disapproval against a woman who dumped a cat in a rubbish bin, labelling her actions "extraordinary."
The woman, 45-year-old bank worker Mary Bale from Coventry in central England, became the subject of an Internet hate campaign this week after her actions were caught on camera and the footage posted online.
The cat, Lola, was left in the bin for 15 hours but discovered after her owners heard her miaowing.
They saw what had happened to the four-year-old tabby after looking at footage from closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras at their home.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is now investigating the actions of Bale, who initially said she did not understand "what the fuss is about" before apologising for her actions.
"To see the reaction to that extraordinary clip of the lady putting the cat into the bin -- quite rightly people don't understand how that could possibly happen," Clegg said at a public meeting in comments cited by the BBC.
Clegg has been "holding the fort" while Prime Minister David Cameron is on holiday and will continue doing so for some days. Cameron's wife gave birth to their fourth child this week.
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