When two teenagers decided to torment an eight-week old kitten they took a video of themselves putting the cat in a microwave and turning it on, only to laugh at what they were doing.
Police began investigating the incident with the microwave cat when video surfaced on Twitter. Both girls, who were 16 at the time, were originally charged with a felony after the incident. Fortunately, the microwave was only turned on for several seconds and the kitten was later named Miracle by the Animal Refuge League of Westbrook after being checked over by a vet and no problems were found with the cat.
“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…. 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.”