Mary "it's just a cat" Bale, the infamous alleged cat bin dumper, was charged with two counts of animal cruelty by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
She will appear before Coventry Magistrates Court next month accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a cat and not providing an animal with a suitable environment. Both offences, which come under the Animal Welfare Act, can carry a prison sentence and a lifetime ban from keeping animals.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. Come and hear Mark speak at the ALA conference in Chicago on July 1.