The woman who dumped a cat in a wheelie bin today apologised for her actions as she was whisked away for showdown talks with the RSPCA.
Bespectacled Mary Bale, 45, became a national hate figure when CCTV footage emerged of her dropping four-year-old tabby Lola into the bin ”as a joke”.
She went into hiding at her mother Celia’s house after receiving deaths threats on internet sites.
But yesterday morning two police officers and two detectives bundled her into a police car and drove her to her scruffy terraced house in Coventry to collect her belongings.
Officers took her to a secret location where she was expected to meet RSPCA top brass to discuss possible prosecution for animal cruelty charges.
Shortly beforehand she issued an unreserved apology – and revealed she believes she will be SACKED because of her actions.
In a statement, she 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.”
Speaking before she left in a police car, spinster Mary, a Royal Bank of Scotland cashier, said: ”All I want to do is put things right. I never meant for this to happen and I’ll do anything to make amends.
”I’m in constant contact with the police and I’m due to have a meeting with the RSPCA this afternoon to see where we go from here.
”I’m co-operating with them fully. I’m willing to meet the owners to say how sorry I am. Hopefully everything can be resolved and there can be a happy ending.
”I think I’ve lost my job. Would you want to be served by me after all of this?
”My mum’s finding it really stressful. My dad’s ill in hospital so it’s all passed him by. The whole thing is unbelievable and now I just want it to be sorted out.
”The last 48 hours have been a nightmare. I never expected this kind of reaction from around the world. I’m even receiving death threats so the police have given me protection.”
The storm erupted earlier this week when footage emerged of Mary stroking tabby Lola on a wall outside a house on Brays Lane in Coventry at around 8pm on Saturday (21/08).
But she then sudden grabbed the four-year-old cat by the scruff of the neck and threw it into a wheelie bin before calmly walking away.
Terrified Lola was trapped in the bin for 15 HOURS before her owners Stephanie Andrews-Mann and husband Darryl finally found her the following morning.
Footage of the attack was captured by a CCTV camera which the couple use to monitor the front of their home.
They posted the video on YouTube and Facebook in a bid to track down the culprit – sparking outrage across the world.
West Midlands police have kept a vigil at Mary’s house for fear of attacks from animal rights activists since the video emerged on Monday.
It is estimated that the cost of police protection for Mary alone could run to hundreds of pounds.
Yesterday Mary added: ”Hopefully this will all be put right soon and people will realise that I never meant to cause any harm to the animal.
”I’d like to apologise to anyone who has been affected by it.”