Coventry Cat-Hater Gets Sentenced

By Adele

Mary Bale, the notorious “Cat Bin Lady” of Coventry, England, had her day in court. Remember, she was the woman who who pushed Lola, a friendly tabby, into a trash can and closed the lid, leaving Lola trapped for the next 18 hours there until her owners found her.

Bale could have gotten a maximum of 6 months in prison and a £20,000 fine.

She was sentenced to a £250 fine, a £15 victim surcharge, and court costs of £1,171. And she’s not allowed to own a small animal for 5 years.

Bale’s only defense was that she was distraught about her father, who wasn’t doing well after a fall. He died last week.

Her lawyer said that Bale has been depressed since her bizarre crime was caught on tape. She resigned from her job as a bank teller and, after much soul-searching, is still is unable to offer a plausible explanation for why she suddenly wanted somebody’s pet cat to slowly starve to death in a stinky plastic tomb or get chewed up in the back of a garbage truck.

Critics of the sentence are saying that Bale should have gotten at least 18 hours in a dark prison cell so she could experience what she put Lola through.

As one cat to another, I was able to get Lola’s reaction to the verdict by e-mail. She wrote:

Had I known that being nice to that daft human would lead to her trying to do me in and ruin her own life in the process, I would have stayed in the bushes and let the Doberman down the block have his way with her.

I also asked her about the victim surcharge money. She replied:

If it comes to me, I’ll have me owners buy me a collar equipped with a Swiss army knife. Sometimes claws just ain’t enough.

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4 Responses to Coventry Cat-Hater Gets Sentenced

  1. zappa says:

    Hi Adele!
    The trash can is too good for this Human! I must admit that I am really writing to find out more about what happened to Teddy and what Red Mousie saw? I peeked over my mom’s shoulder at your Tweets and the suspense is killing me!

    Zappa

  2. catsworking says:

    Hi, Zappa, Cole is keeping mum but he has a funny gleam in his eye whenever he looks at me. And I’m pleading the 5th right now. I think he’s up to something. You’ll have to watch Twitter.

  3. adele says:

    Adele, you’ve scored yet another animal interview! I hope Karen doesn’t mind the TransAtlantic phone charge. It sounds like Lola has a bit of a Cockney accent.

    Alice believes that Mary Bale got into some really bad ‘nip, and that accounts for her appalling behavior.

  4. catsworking says:

    Adele, I’m already in enough trouble here at the moment, so I didn’t call Lola, I e-mailed her. She said her humans don’t know she’s proficient with the PC, so she had to sneak online after they went to bed. With the British press, she’s posing for photo ops, but not doing any interviews, so she was very gracious to give me a worldwide scoop on what she thinks of the whole thing.

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