A woman who became a national hate figure after being caught on camera dumping a cat in a wheelie bin has regretted her actions every hour since, a court heard.
Mary Bale, a former Birmingham chorister, admitted one animal cruelty charge at Coventry Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
She was fined £250 and banned from keeping animals for five years. She was also ordered to pay £15 compensation to the the cat's owners and £1,170 costs.
The former bank worker, aged 45, was filmed putting three-year-old Tabby cat Lola in a wheelie bin in August.
As she was bundled into a taxi following the hearing, her solicitor David Murray said she was visiting her parents’ home in Coventry when she spotted the cat.
“Miss Bale almost daily, almost hourly, has asked herself why this happened and she cannot give an answer,” she said. “She bitterly regrets her actions.”