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Teen girls who put kitten in microwave sentenced

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Two teenagers who made a video of microwaving a cat were sentenced on Tuesday, reports cbs12. Their names were not released as they are juveniles.

In September 2013, the two South Portland girls, who were 15 years old at the time, were charged with cruelty to animals, as the video above shows. Police were called in to investigate after the video appeared on Twitter, and the case went to the Cumberland County district attorney's office for review. The video showed the girls laughing as they put the kitten in the microwave, closed the door then turned it on for a few seconds.

Maine's animal cruelty laws are usually among the toughest in the nation. In their 2013 Year-End Report Ranking State Animal Cruelty Laws, Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) ranked Maine fourth best in the nation.

However, on Tuesday, a judge sentenced each girl to 100 hours of community service. Last month, the girls pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges.

In Maine, cruelty to animals is a Class D crime, which carries a fine of $500 to $2,500 and/or imprisonment of up to one year. In addition, the court may prohibit the person from owning or possessing animals and to pay for the care, housing and veterinary care of the animal.

The eight-week-old kitten survived, and was checked over by a veterinarian. According to South Portland police Lt. Frank Clark, the kitten showed no ill effects. The kitten, now named Miracle, was turned over to Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Although people from all around the world contacted the shelter wanting to adopt the little kitten, last November, the little kitten named Miracle was adopted by a Scarborough woman.

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