Mary Bale stops to pet Lola the cat in Bray's Lane, Coventry, before she is caught on CCTV dropping the cat in a wheelie bin and shutting the lid. Mary Bale has become a global hate figure after the CCTV footage emerged of her dumping Lola the cat into a litter bin in Brays Lane, Stoke, Coventry. But the Royal Bank of Scotland worker insists that her actions were only a joke.
She told The Sun: "I really don't see what everyone is getting so excited about - it's just a cat. I was walking home from work and saw this cat wander out in front of me.
"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 of the bin."