Cat Bin Lady Charged With Animal Cruelty
Charges against Mary Bale could carry prison sentence
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2010 1:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – The British woman who outraged animal lovers worldwide after being caught on a surveillance camera dumping a cat into a garbage can and slamming the lid has been hit with two animal cruelty charges. Mary Bale, 45, will appear in court next month on charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a cat and not providing the animal with a suitable environment, the Telegraph reports. If convicted, Bale could face a jail sentence or a lifetime ban on keeping animals.