While the English woman who threw a cat into a garbage can is apologizing for her inexplicable actions, she is also wondering why this is such a big deal, saying, "it's just a cat," and that she thought "it would be funny."
Surveillance video shows the 45-year-old woman stopping to pet an extremely friendly cat named Lola on a street in Coventry, England last Saturday, then just picking her up and dumping her in the trash. After 15 hours of meowing, Lola's owners found her in the can. A review of security camera video caught Bale red-handed.
Here's the video in case you missed it:
In a statement released on Wednesday, Bale attempted to make amends:
"I want to take this opportunity to apologise 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 misjudgement (sic) 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."
However, Bale told the Daily Mail, "I don't know what the fuss is about. It's just a cat... To be honest, I think everyone is overreacting a bit.
"I did it as a joke because I thought it would be funny. I never thought it would be trapped, I expected it to wriggle out.
Police are now concerned for Bale's safety. A large group of people gathered outside of her house Tuesday after her identity was revealed. And hundreds of people posted angry messages to a Facebook group called "Death to Mary Bale."
"We can't comment on individual cases for privacy reasons but I can tell you that one group, entitled Death to Mary Bale, has been removed today," a Facebook spokeswoman said.
Police say they take every threat seriously.
"I would not go so far as to say we are investigating death threats, that is not the situation, but we are closely monitoring these groups and messages," a local police spokesman said.
"There are no plans to give any kind of formal police protection but we are talking to Mary Bale about her personal safety, we are having that conversation with her, and we do want to make sure she is okay."