Cat Abuse UK

A screen shoot from a video on YouTube. The video material as it is from a CCTV camera belonging to the cat's caretaker Darryl Mann.

A screen shoot from a video on YouTube. The video material as it is from a CCTV camera belonging to the cat's caretaker Darryl Mann.

Monday August 23rd 2010: This was on TV today about half an hour ago....Things have moved on and the event was in the Times newspaper today 25th August so I am able to update this page albeit in a haphazard way! I now include a video of the event rather than a short clip as I think it fair to claim fair use under the laws of copyright. There is a public interest here. This site is not for profit and monies raised go to cat charities and running the site. Also the owner of the copyright who I believe is Darryl Mann can contact me and I will remunerate him if he wishes.

I have included a screen shot from a video from a Google search. The author has forbidden embedding it. The video is material from the CCTV camera attached to the wall of the house of the cat's caretaker Darryl Mann. The cat is Lola. The place, I believe, is Coventry.

Here is the video:

The women is about 55 years of age. She is Ms Bale. The information comes the Times newspaper of 25th August.

Ms Bale is not the cat's caretaker. She appears to walk along the pavement, see the cat (a tabby moggie cat) and decide to place it in what we call a "wheelie bin" in the UK. This is a rubbish (trash) bin with wheels so that the refuse collectors can get the rubbish in the lorry more easily.

She checks first (or at least pauses) to see if she is being watched. I am not sure but she appears to look up at the camera on Mr Mann's wall before dumping the cat in the bin. If I am correct this might be a case of a person seeking notoriety. Although, it seems it was a spur of the moment decision.

The plan for this woman was to throw the cat away in the general rubbish. If there have been other unsolved cases of cats going missing in the area this should encourage the police to investigate. The police however have said no crime was committed. I disagree with this. The RSPCA say it may be a case of animal cruelty. Animal cruelty is a crime under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 as it must cause suffering.

The cat was trapped for 16 hours and then discovered and saved. If he or she had not been saved she would almost certainly have been killed, perhaps crushed in the lorry compactor or suffocated.

This appears to be unpremeditated and spur of the moment cat abuse in the UK by what seems to be a normal, average, unassuming women. The kind of person you would not associated with animal cruelty.

And there lies the truth of the situation. It is the normal person, your next door neighbour who can and who sometimes (rarely) does do this sort of thing. They are all around us.

It seems that almost anyone is capable of it.

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Apr 06, 2012 stupid cat NEW
by: Anonymous

That was sooo funny,i shoot strays all the time and just put them in a bonfire and let them roast did i mention that sometimes i throw them in alive sometimes when i dont kill them with the pellet or even better the next doors dog

Oct 20, 2010 Ms. Bale's outcome
by: Gail (Boston, MA USA)

It is so fabulous that Ms. Bale got what was coming to her.

I imagine the negative publicity at the bank was the main reason for her resignation. With the economy in its present state, I'm sure the full weight of Ms. Bale's stupidity has struck a nerve. GOOD!

Oct 20, 2010 ps
by: Ruth

Also been forced to resign from her job in the bank.
If all animal abusers were punished as they should be, they might not be so keen to do it.

Kattaddorra signature Ruth

Oct 19, 2010 GOOD RESULT !!!
by: Ruth

Mary Bale has pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the cat. She has been fined £250 and costs of £1171 and been banned from owning animals for the next five years.

Sep 20, 2010 WELL, ALL RIGHT!
by: Gail (Boston, MA USA)

Thanks, Ruth, for sharing this article with us. It's not often we get to see the outcome.

May Ms. Bale pay through the nose for what she's done.

Sep 20, 2010 Yayyyyyy
by: Ruth

I hope she is sentenced to 15 years in a wheelie bin !!!!

Aug 28, 2010 latest
by: Ruth

Just heard that Bale works for the RBS and customers are closing their accounts in protest that she hasn't been dismissed.
That is the bank that used to back Huntingdon Life Sciences research laboratories,the notorious place where the abuse of lab animals was rife.
I think they stopped backing them after so many protests.
People power DOES work !

Kattaddorra signature Ruth

Aug 26, 2010 Thanks Gail
by: Ruth

Gail I love the way the people of your country are as angry as we are at that cruel woman.
How I wish they would make use of that anger by helping to stop the daily abuse of cats by declawing vets over there.
The anger you all feel is the anger we feel that declawing is allowed to go on and some people don't care.

Kattaddorra signature Ruth

Aug 25, 2010 Update
by: Michael

25th August late evening....The latest is that she has apologized profusely. She said it was out of character and that she did not intend to cause distress to Lola! How can she say that when she threw the cat into the bin?

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Aug 25, 2010 Yeh
by: Michael

Love your comment Gail. Here the police are hopeless at this sort of thing. The RSPCA might do something.

I think she knew she was being filmed and did it as some sort of claim to fame. You get people like that. All they can do to become famous is to do something bad in broad daylight.

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Aug 25, 2010 Cat Abuse UK video
by: Gail (Boston, MA USA)

That video has been on our local news for 2 days now! The fervor here is unbelievable!

This is absolutely animal abuse even if the lazy Coventry police think otherwise. In this state, that woman would've been arrested, faced a judge and at least be made to pay a fine (if her record were otherwise clean). She might also be put on a felony list; however, for a 1st offence and the cat being OK even after 16 hours in the bin, it is unlikely. She would probably be charged with a misdeamenor.

I hope UK cat lovers continue this vigil around her home. I'm all for stuffing her in a bin for 16 hours...see how she likes it!!!

Aug 25, 2010 Lola
by: Ruth

The cat is called Lola and yes she must have suffered shut in that wheelie bin.
If it's not a crime to steal someone's pet and put her in a position where she will be in danger for her life, then what is ?
Apparently that callous low life scum Bale now has police protection as a crowd of animal lovers were outside her door.
Well they can't protect her forever !!
Her mother said she can't understand it as she's a cat lover,she couldn't have known what she was doing. I shudder to think what she would have done if she was a cat hater !
She knew what she was doing alright, slyly checking no one was watching her first.
I couldn't believe a facebook group has been started in her honour.
What is this world coming to !

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Aug 25, 2010 Update
by: Michael

Hi, I updated the video and the page haphazardly!

The RSPCA say it could be animal cruelty and the police say no offence. This is conflicting it seems to me as animal cruelty must be an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 section 4.

Wait and see I guess. To me it is obviously animal cruelty but it depends if it is worth pursuing as the cat appears to be OK but he or she must have suffered.

Aug 24, 2010 I can't believe they won't prosecute!
by: Leah (England)

Have the RSPCA got involved yet? They damn well ought to! As I see it she has caused 'unnessacery suffering'. How many more animals has she hurt and got away with it?
I heard about this at lunch time and have been angry ever since.

The really scary thing is she looks average! Yet she smirks as she drops that poor cat in the bin! I'd love to wipe that smirk right off her face! If that cat were mine I'd be too scared to let him out again. Bloody bitch. (Sorry Michael but now I've seen it again I'm flaming mad!!!) I hope with all my heart that someone recognises her and stuffs her into a wheelie bin shuts the lid and doesn't let her out until she begs for mercy. Count me in on that one.

Aug 24, 2010 Coventry
by: Michael

Apparently this took place in Coventry. To visitors from outside the UK that is in central England.

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Aug 24, 2010 Not a criminal offence ?
by: Ruth

I can hardly believe that woman hasn't been arrested and charged with cruelty to that cat!
If the police won't do anything about punishing her then I hope the cat lovers who live in that area will give her what she deserves.
She'd need to watch her back if she lived around here, that's for sure.

Kattaddorra signature Ruth

Aug 24, 2010 The Police are wrong
by: Michael

Under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 what she did was an offence in my opinion as she caused the cat to suffer. This seems to be a case of the police not bothering because it is a domestic cat and they are too busy filling in forms and working out how much pension they will receive when they take early retirement for a bad back.

See the section 4 of the act.

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Aug 24, 2010 Not a criminal offence!!
by: Phil (London)

I have been following this story avidly since it broke yesterday, it's quite unbelievable. What's even more worrying is that she was caught on the owners' private CCTV, which they had installed outside their house because their car was regularly being damaged by careless drivers - without it, she would no doubt have got away scot free (which she obviously planned to do, judging by the way she checked whether the coast was clear before she dropped Lola into the bin).

It was only a matter of time before she was caught because she was so easily identifiable from the footage, and so she has according to today's news. And the real kicker is this:

"Coventry Police have not arrested the woman because she has not committed a criminal offence."

That makes me nearly as angry as the offence itself.

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