A woman in the UK who outraged pet lovers around the world after she was caught on surveillance camera dumping a cat in a garbage bin apologised yesterday for what she called misjudgment and said the situation has gotten "out of control".
Online footage of Mary Bale tossing four-year-old Lola into a wheelie bin and popping the lid closed sparked angry messages on Facebook pledging retribution, and police had to guard her house.
In a statement, Bale (45) said she was "profoundly sorry" but offered no explanation of why she dumped the cat.
"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," said Bale, from Coventry in central England.
"It was a split second of misjudgment that has got completely out of control," she added.
Investigators at the RSPCA, which prosecutes cruelty cases, said Lola was trapped for 15 hours before being rescued on Sunday morning by her owners. The distressed cat was unharmed.
Lola's owners told British media that they traced Lola when they heard her muffled cries from inside the bin.
The couple -- who had installed a personal surveillance camera outside their home following a spate of thefts in the area -- posted the short surveillance video of Bale online, drawing tens of thousands of views.
Bale said she would meet with the RSPCA and police soon and would cooperate with their investigations.