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Teens deny torturing kitten by microwaving it

Posted at 7:22 AM, May 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-02 07:22:46-04

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two teenage girls from Maine have denied felony animal cruelty charges alleging they put an 8-week-old kitten in a microwave and turned it on.

Kitty

A kitten, not the one pictured here, was put in a microwave allegedly by a pair of Maine teens who deny torturing the animal.

The South Portland girls, who were 15 when they were charged in September, told a judge Thursday that they understood the charges and entered the juvenile equivalent of an adult not guilty plea.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the judge ordered both to undergo a psychological evaluation and released them to the custody of their parents with conditions.

A video of the prank showed up on social media, provoking outrage.

The girls’ attorney said they had had no intention of harming the cat, which was in the microwave for a few seconds.

The kitten survived and has since been adopted.