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South Portland teenage girls accused of microwaving kitten plead not guilty

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Two teenage girls who are students at South Portland High School in Maine denied felony animal cruelty charges in court on Friday according to the Portland Press Herald. The girls garnered national outrage last September after they posted a Vine video of a kitten in a microwave and one of the girls turning it on.

The girls told Judge Keith Powers they understood the charges and stated they were not guilty. Juvenile courts focus on changing behaviors, and the fate of the accused lies in the decision of judges. Judge Powers ordered a psychological evaluation for both girls and a return date to the court of June 2.

On Sept. 10, charges were brought against the two girls after Lt. Frank Clark of the South Portland Police Department received numerous complaints about the two girls placing a tiny eight-week-old gray and white kitten into a microwave and then turning it on.

The teens were originally charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty, but the charges were upgraded to felony animal cruelty.

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.

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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.

Miracle has since recovered and has been adopted.

The girls remain in the custody of their parents.

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