British woman filmed binning cat charged with animal cruelty

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A British woman who sparked an Internet hate campaign after she was caught on camera dumping a cat into a rubbish bin was charged Monday with causing unnecessary suffering to the animal.

Mary Bale, a 45-year-old bank worker, has also been charged with failing to provide the cat with a suitable environment, a spokesman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) said.

Bale will appear before magistrates in Coventry, central England, on October 19 to answer the charges.

Both offences can carry a prison sentence and a lifetime ban from keeping animals.

The cat, Lola, was believed to have been stuck in the plastic wheelie bin for 15 hours until her owners Darryl and Stephanie Mann heard her miaowing..

They found out what happened after checking footage from a closed-circuit television camera they had installed at their house after their car was repeatedly bumped by other vehicles.

The video was posted on video sharing site You Tube and a Facebook campaign was launched with some contributors making death threats against Bale.

© 2010 AFP

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