“I thought it would be funny … I expected it to wriggle out”.

So says Mary Bale, 45, who dumped a cat in a wheelie bin – sparking outrage across Britain.

Bale, 45, who has received death threats and is under police protection, 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 was playing with it, stroking it and listening to it purr as it stood on a
garden wall. It was very friendly.

“I don’t know what came over me, but I suddenly thought it would be funny to
put it in the wheelie bin, which was right beside 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.

“OK, I shouldn’t have done it – but it’s just a cat at the end of the day. I
don’t think I deserve to be hated by people all over the world, it was just
a split second of madness.

“Cats are good climbers and I assumed it would just scramble out through the
lid and go on its way.”

The cat was trapped for 15 hours.

The RSPCA will be talking to her shortly. In case you’re moved, you can donate to the RSPCA.