South Portland teens sentenced for putting kitten in microwave
SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) -- Two teens have been sentenced to 100 hours of community service for putting a kitten in a microwave.
It's an act, and a viral video, that won't soon be forgotten.
Last September, a pair of 15-year-old girls in South Portland place an eight week old kitten in a microwave and then turned it on .
They were charged with felonies and the cat was taken away.
The Animal Refuge League renamed her "Miracle" and found a new family.
"We get updates from the new owner pretty regularly," said Community Relations Manager Jeana Roth. "She's doing fantastic. She has feline siblings now, so she's really blossoming in her new home. She's doing great."
On July 21, the teens pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty.
Assistant District Attorney Steven Dassati said, at most, they faced time at a juvenile detention facility, but that wasn't appropriate. Instead, each will do 100 hours of community service.
"We support the sentence that was handed down by the judicial system," said Roth.
Melissa Gates, the director of Animal Rights Maine, disagreed. "A mere hundred hours of community service each, without any time served, requirement for counseling, or ban on being in the presence of animals is inadequate and insulting," she said.
Some members of the public, too, feel the punishment is too soft.
"Should've put them in the microwave," said Ben Conti, of Scarborough.
"Since when are children at the age of 15 not meant to be accountable for their actions?" asked Laura Culbert, as she headed to the shelter to look for a cat.
The teens are scheduled to appear before a judge in October, at which point, Dassati said, those service hours should be completed.