Coventry Cat Wheelie Bin Case
by Elisa Black-Taylor
Good day readers. Today I’d like a good discussion on the Coventry cat wheelie bin case. I won’t go into a full story on Mary Bale, the Coventry bank worker who was caught on CCTV when she petted 4 year old Lola and then trapped her in a wheelie bin. Here’s the YouTube video for anyone who missed it. Also her story is all over the internet. Including the part where she apologizes.
Here’s her apology.
“I want to take this opportunity to apologize profusely for the upset and distress that my actions have caused.
“I cannot explain why I did this, it is completely out of character and I certainly did not intend to cause any distress to Lola or her owners.
“It was a split second of misjudgment that has got completely out of control.
“I am due to meet with the RSPCA and police to discuss this matter further and will co-operate fully with their investigations.
“I wish to reiterate that I am profoundly sorry for my actions and wish to resolve this matter to everyone’s satisfaction as soon as possible.”
Lola is owned by Darryl and Stephanie Mann of Coventry. If not for the CCTV system set up to watch the front of their property, the outcome for this poor cat may have been much worse. When Lola hadn’t been found they decided to review the surveillance footage and discovered this cruel woman. I feel sure the footage will be admissible in court.
Mary, a bank worker, is now under police protection because of all of the death threats she’s received.
There are several things about this case I find deeply disturbing.
The first is why the Coventry police has handed this over to the RSPCA but they haven’t charged her because she hasn’t committed a criminal act. I would think there’s SOMETHING in the law she could be charged with. She didn’t shoot or stab Lola, but what she did could easily have ended with a dead cat. She could have called the police or the RSPCA and reported the location as an anonymous caller. Instead, she went about the day and even went in to work. So she couldn’t have been too concerned about the cat.
I’m really confused about Coventry criminal law. I hope someone who lives in the area can explain to me how she hasn’t done anything wrong. When Mary Bale placed Lola in the wheelie bin I believe she knew it was wrong. Even a child would know the risks of this behavior.
1) First there is the trauma it would cause the cat. Poor Lola will probably be claustrophobic for life now.
2) Temperature. Lola could have died from heat (or cold if it had been winter).
4)Lack of oxygen. I don’t know how much time Lola could have lived in they wheelie bin before the oxygen ran out. Do these things have holes?
5) Dumpster garbage crushing. Anyone who has watched a dump truck collecting garbage knows they compact the trash every so often. Lola could have died if this had happened two days later on pick up day.
Darryl and Stephanie Mann, Lola’s owners, are surprised at the public outrage directed at Mary. They do want her legally punished for any wrongdoing legally. Just not physically.
I’d like some feedback on this case. It’s very hard for me to believe she didn’t know what she was doing. Does anyone know of a similar case and what the punishment was?
Please don’t threaten her physically on pictures-of-cats. That could get the comments shut down for legal reasons. Lets have an intelligent discussion here. We all know what we’d really like to do to cat abusers.
Mary probably didn’t know she was on CCTV. This is one event where YouTube helped identify a criminal (yes, I said criminal). It’s nice to know the internet is being used to bring justice to animal abusers.