A woman from the West Midlands, who became a national figure of hate for putting a cat in a bin, has been fined £250 by her local council.
Coventry City Council say they took action when video footage taken by a neighbour showed Mary Bale putting the animal in the wrong type of bin. The council's communications officer, Tony Ballbag, explained the decision:
"It is quite clear: the woman in question was seen putting a cat in a green wheelie bin, and not the designated red bins that the council has provided for live pets.
"As a council, Coventry prides itself on increasing our domestic animal recycling rates from 0% in 1997 up to 68% this year.
"The vast majority of those animals have been re-directed to local Chinese takeaways, apart from the rodents - which are shipped directly to Richard Gere's residence to be "re-homed"."
Miss Bale had earlier pleaded guilty to various offences brought by the RSPCA, but a judge had thrown out the case because "the cat did look a bit scruffy, so it seemed a fair enough course of action."
Former Really Wild Show presenter Terry Nutkins was present at the court, but seemed less than interested in the case of Miss Bale. He refused to be drawn on the matter, but was wearing a sandwich board bearing the slogan:
I FUCKING HATE OTTERS.
DID YOU SEE WHAT THEY DID TO MY FINGERS?
... THE SWIMMING RAT BASTARDS.