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Two Maine teen girls face animal cruelty charges after allegedly putting kitten in microwave

One of two teens charged with animal cruelty after putting kitten in microwave CBS affiliate WGME

One of two teens charged with animal cruelty after putting kitten in microwave
CBS affiliate WGME

(CBS/AP) SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine -  Authorities say two teenage girls are facing charges after a video of them putting an 8-week-old kitten in a microwave - then turning it on - surfaced online. Thankfully, the kitten survived.

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South Portland police began investigating after getting numerous tips when a roughly 10-second video of their actions showed up on Twitter last week.

The video shows one girl place the cat in the microwave, close the door and appear to turn it on. Police aren't sure how long the oven was on. The other girl then removes the kitten, estimated to be about 8 weeks old.

The girls face animal cruelty charges and were issued summonses Monday. They are both 15-year-old South Portland High School students. Their names were not released because they are juveniles.

CBS affiliate WGME reports that the kitten has been turned over to an animal shelter, which named it "Miracle."


  • Iris Carreras

    Iris Carreras covers crime for CBSNews.com

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