Two teenage girls, who were 15-years-of-age at the time they placed an eight-week-old kitten in the microwave and turned it on, have been sentenced to 100 hours each of community service reported the pressherald.com.
On September 10, 2013, Lt. Frank Clark, of the South Portland Police Department charged the Portland, Maine girls with misdemeanor animal cruelty after receiving numerous complaints; the teens had posted the short video on Vine.
Authorities were able to track down the location of the video and seized the kitten and brought it to the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.
Immediately after the kitten, named Miracle, was examined, she seemed fine and was placed in a temporary foster home. A few days later the kitten became very ill, and authorities contributed the kitten's health complications to both the microwave experience and an overload of fleas. She has since recovered.
In May 2014, the girls pleaded not guilty in the juvenile system to felony animal cruelty after charges were upgraded. Their attorney stated the teens never intended to hurt the kitten. Juvenile courts focus on changing behaviors, and the fate of the accused lies in the decision of judges.
By July the teens had changed their pleas to guilty.
The girls are due back in court in October, at which time their community service is expected to have been completed. Some members of the community and animal rights supporters disagree with the sentence, and stated it was too lenient questioning why the high school students weren't required to undergo mandatory counseling.
Miracle has since been adopted and is reported to be doing fine.
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