Cat Trasher Gets Death Threats
Now she's under police protection
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 26, 2010 2:26 AM CDT

(Newser) – The woman caught on surveillance video dumping a friendly cat into a trash bin and slamming down the lid is now under police protection after receiving death threats. British bank worker Mary Bale, 45, finally went into "full apology mode" after Facebook users launched a site called "Mary Bale is worse than Hitler," reports the Daily Mail. Bale's victim, Lola, was trapped in the trash bin for 15 hours until her owner heard her pitiful mews. After Bale was nailed with the help of the video, she initially shrugged off the incident, calling it "fun," and pointing out that she believed the cat could get free on its own.

But Bale then said she wanted to "apologize profusely for the 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." Local police have given Bale tips on how to stay safe from cat-lovers out for revenge, and officers are now stationed outside her home. An investigation is continuing into possible charges against Bale. Facebook has yanked death threats and police are monitoring the site, reports the Guardian.