The above You Tube video and the reaction of some Britons to it illustrate the dire state of the country. Happily, the cat named Lola by her owners was rescued after its meowing was heard.
The phrase, a woman, a dog and a walnut tree, the more you beat them the better they be – may have to be readapted in the light of the case of a certain Miss Mary Bale – if the public reaction is anything to be judged.
Miss Bale sparked outrage when footage of her tossing four-year-old tabby Lola into a wheelie bin was released on YouTube. Police stepped in and offered the vilified Miss Bale protection in light of the threats.
A Facebook page set up by the cat’s owner Mrs Andrews-Mann, attracted thousands of comments from demanding retribution.
Adam ‘Riichie’ Richardson wrote: ‘’sum1 should fill the bin with petrol put the old fart init and light it. SHE SHOULD BE KILLED !!!”
James Barratt wrote: ”Thinks we should spray her with BBQ sauce and throw her into a den of lions at a zoo and spend 15hours pointing and laughing as he sing soft kittie warm kittie tear her leg off.”
David Varley wrote: ”Sick bitch. if u done that to my cat I would kill u.”
Matthew Hogg added: ”What a horrible piece of sh*t that woman is id love to break her nose.”
The page has been shut down by moderators.
A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: ”There have been a lot of threatening comments written about her – these could be interpreted as death threats. Coventry Police are supporting this investigation and urge the public to leave the matter to be dealt with correctly by the authorities. Coventry Police have not arrested the woman because she has not committed a criminal offence. The woman is not being given police protection but Coventry Police are making sure that the woman is OK, as they would any other member of their community.”
Miss Mary Bale a bank employee (for how much longer?) was caught on CCTV stroking Lola outside the Mann’s home in Bray’s Road in Coventry at 7.55pm on Saturday 21st August. She then grabbed the four-year-old cat by the scruff of the neck and dropped it into a wheelie bin closing the lid. She then walked away. The cat was trapped in the bin for 15 hours before her owner discovered her the following morning.
Miss Bale, who lives alone in Coventry, said: “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 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.”
She also said she hoped to apologise to the cat’s owners Darryl and Stephanie Mann in person.
Today, she was taken to a police station for questioning by the RSPCA who are investigating the incident and treating it as a case of possible animal cruelty.
British Gazette comment: Miss Bale’s actions appear inexplicable. Had it been a delinquent youth who had done this it would have been regarded as “par for the course” in modern Britain. But a 45 year old spinster who by her own admission knows better? British Gazette readers will ask the question: “What on earth was going through Miss Bale’s mind?” What the aftermath does show is the extreme overreaction of some people – presumably supporters of animal rights extremists. The police must take action against those who appear to make such threats. Vigilante and mob action are the enemies of justice and law. The rule of law is paramount. If the rule of law breaks down its victims will be the odd and the unusual as well as those suspected of crimes.
If Miss Bale is prosecuted and convicted it is hoped that she undergoes a psychiatric evaluation before sentencing.