An 8-week-old kitten named “Miracle” was brought into a Portland, Maine animal shelter by police after her previous teenage owner and a friend placed the kitten into a microwave and turned it on. The girls taped the incident and posted it on Twitter.
Fortunately, Miracle made it through the ordeal. Police began investigating after numerous tips came in about a 10-second video of the girls’ abusing the kitten.
It is undetermined how long the girls left Miracle in the operating oven. The second girl removes the kitten after they are finished filming.
Both teens face animal cruelty charges. Summons were issued to the two 15-year-old South Portland High School students. Because the girls are juveniles, their names have not been released to public record.
The animal shelter workers named the kitten Miracle. One spokeswoman states the kitten will be spayed and then released as an adoptable kitten. They are hoping Miracle gains a bit more weight before being released as the animal is slightly underweight. For now, the kitten will remain at the South Portland Animal Refuge League shelter in Westbrook.
The veterinarian will do a complete checkup, however she seems to be in good health. The kitten is eating and she is acting normally.
After reports came in about the video on Twitter, the girls were arrested and the case was sent to the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office. The appropriate charges will be given in November when they are to appear in court.
While the video appeared realistic to police, several commenter’s have suggested the clip was a hoax. Investigators feel the footage is real, although it is impossible to determine how long the kitten remained in the microwave.
South Portland Police Lt. Frank Clark told the local news station:
They have prosecutors that specialize in juvenile prosecutions and they’ll follow up on this information and evidence and determine what the appropriate charges are and what the appropriate disposition of this case will be.
What is to be considered a good punishment by authorities for a child who has put an animal through this type of abuse? Is it best to put a child into a program working with animals that have been abused or place them into a juvenile incarceration facility? Is it fair that we place children of any age back with their parents when they perform a criminal act such as this?