Two teenagers who threw a kitten into a microwave and recorded themselves torturing the animal were sentenced to 100 hours of community service (video below).
The girls, who were 15 at the time of the abuse, later uploaded the video to Twitter. The clip showed them placing the kitten in the microwave, turning it on for several seconds and laughing, reports Inquisitr.
Viewers reported the incident to police in South Portland, Maine, and an investigation was launched. The kitten, named Miracle, was placed with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, WZTV reported.
Following the incident, animal lovers worldwide reportedly submitted requests to adopt Miracle. The cat was ultimately adopted by a Maine woman.
In court, the girls’ attorney claimed that they had no intention of harming the cat.
“Torturing an animal is a marker for some serious behavioral problems, but we don’t know if these defendants fit that profile,” he said. “The perception that something malicious was going on is not true.”
Cruelty to animals is considered a Class D crime in Maine, meaning those convicted usually pay a fine of between $500 and $2,500 and sometimes are jailed for up to a year.
Before sentencing the teens, Judge Keith Powers ordered them to undergo a psychological evaluation, and reportedly considered charging them with a felony.