Animal protection group: UK woman who dumped cat in bin has been charged with cruelty

LONDON (AP) — An animal protection group says it is taking legal action against a British woman who horrified animal lovers when she was recorded dumping a cat into a garbage bin.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that it will prosecute 45-year-old Mary Bale for allegedly "causing unnecessary suffering to a cat."

Bale outraged pet lovers around the world after she was caught on camera casually throwing a cat into a garbage bin, popping the lid shut, and walking away. The video was posted to YouTube and gathered thousands of messages, some of which vowed retribution.

The cat, Lola, was trapped for 15 hours before being rescued by her owners.

The RSPCA said Monday that Bale was due in court in Coventry, central England, on Oct. 19.