I Can’t Imagine How The Moms Of These Teen Girls Who Microwaved A Kitten Feel

Teen Girls Charged With Animal Cruelty After Microwaving KittenTwo 15-year-old girls from Maine are facing charges of animal cruelty after they uploaded a video that showed them placing a kitten in a microwave and turning it on. The kitten (shown at left), who was in the microwave for about ten seconds, is now fine, has been named “Miracle” and will be ready to be adopted out to a new family soon after it was turned over to the Animal Rescue League. From The Boston Herald:

Two teenage girls are facing Animal Cruelty charges for placing a cat in a microwave.  In the video posted on Twitter, you see them start the microwave, however it’s unclear for how long the kitten was in it.  The kitten survived and police say it appears to be doing well.

South Portland Police summonsed the two fifteen year old girls in the video on Monday.  The owners of the kitten agreed to hand it over to South Portland’s Animal Control Officer who brought it to the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook.

“The vet will do a complete checkup, but she’s eating normally seems to be in fine shape,” said Lynne McGee of the Animal Refuge League.

Kids do dumb things all the time.  Any parent of a teenager can tell you that. But this isn’t “dumb.” This is some sort of hardcore psychopathic behavior not just exhibited by one kid, but by two of them who were laughing during the making of the video. How does a parent deal with that? How do you even look your at your kid after they have done something like this? Maybe it was just a stupid prank, and I’m sure the parents still love their daughters, but I would be losing so much sleep over where I went wrong as a parent. I’m sorry, but I will get so sanctimommy on this. I have raised four kids and all of them love animals. My own daughter comes to me in tears if she sees a commercial for a rescue league on television because she wants to SAVE all the animals. Don’t most kids feel like this? Especially when they are confronted with a young animal, a puppy or a kitten. I hope the girls are punished and they are never allowed to be around animals again. I hope they feel utterly bereft over what they have done. This whole thing just makes me sick.

(Image: animal rescue league of portland)

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    • NicknamesAreDull

      I would change my last name, wear a faux mustache and pretend I didn’t give birth to anyone who microwaves a kitten.

      Then I would try and adopt the kitten and make it my new child.

      • Annie

        Seconded.

      • pendragon05

        Thirded

      • meteor_echo

        Fourthed.

      • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

        Fifth-ed

    • Paul White

      Parent nightmare fuel; what if my kid grows up to be a psychopath?

      • Annie

        If you’re having that dread, you’re probably the kind of person who doesn’t create psychopaths.

      • Blueathena623

        Dude, I worry about that. I really do. And I will worry about it unless they do an incredibly comprehensive study of all sociopaths everywhere and 100% all of their parents didn’t care if they turned into a good person. And that will never happen, because at least a few probably had good parents who really tried to raise a good person. I guess he only thing I can do is try my hardest and hope to god that, if they somehow are missing the empathy chip, I’ll figure it out sooner rather than later.

      • Paul White

        Yeah but what do you actually do if they are? Besides freak out

      • Evelyn

        You find other ways to modify the child’s negative behavior, possibly ways that keep the kid conforming to moral standards of behavior but don’t appeal to the kid’s nonexistent empathy (or even conscience). I read into this a bit and thought long and hard about it as it runs in my paternal family a little and keeps cropping up in varying degrees each generation. I was so utterly relieved to see empathy and consideration in all three of my kids right from the start and encourage it when I can so never had to put it into practice.

      • Blueathena623

        The other commenter has the better solution, but I’ve always thought that I would start establishing a paper trail of trying to get him/her help. Teachers, psychiatrists, psychologists, police, anyone and everyone. If he’s a true sociopath, I know none of this will help him, but when he does something bad, I want it already established that I tried. And no, it wouldn’t be because I don’t want to look bad — it would be to help protect my other theoretical kids. In cases where parents did try to do something, the media does more of a “the system let us down” spin on the story. When the parent didn’t know, the focus is much more on “how did this family get so screwed up.”

      • Annona

        You get help for the child, from the best psychiatric facilities you have access to. Because being a sociopath is a brain disorder, and while it can be triggered by a childhood head injury or abuse, if you aren’t doing those things to your child it isn’t something you are at fault for…it’s something you’d have to deal with, just like you’d have to deal with a child with diabetes or leukemia. Not saying that it’s easy or pleasant…it just is what it is.

      • Emmali Lucia

        They think that it has something to do with brain development.

        Many people who suffered from brain damage when they’re little (Or are born with it) have anti-social (Which is the medical term for sociopathy, not for shyness like everyone thinks) personality traits. Many people who grew up well and with compassion surrounding them often will still have anti-social symptoms but they never progress to flow-blown sociopathy the way that children who were abused or not loved get it.

        Also another theory that many scientists think are bunk is the theory of the “Super Male” or the XYY chromosomal pairs. But that doesn’t explain female sociopaths at all.

      • pitbullgirl65

        I agree it’s not it’s always the parents fault. There is only so much they can do. There is a limit what doctors can do with them, so how can we expect parents to change them?
        Some disorders are treatable e.g. Schizophrenia if the person will take their meds, and Bi polarism. Treating a sociopath I don’t think is possible.
        I read this description of sociopaths: “a machine that perfectly mimics human emotions”

    • Annie

      Spoilers for anyone who also didn’t want to read the article because omg an animal got microwaved: The kitty lived and is fine. Promise.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        I did try and put that first I tried to make people feel OK!

      • Annie

        Totally, but tbh when I saw the title I went straight for the comments because holy shit I need to rant about that forever.

        @NicknamesAreDull:disqus’s comment made me realize that Miracle was alive and I felt okay to read the article after that.

      • Tinyfaeri

        Thank you! I went to the comments first, too for the same reason.

    • Angela

      Wow. I can’t even imagine. This was not a prank. Maybe if they were only 5 instead of 15 (though that would still be horrific), but there’s no way that these girls didn’t know what they were doing was dangerous.

      • http://sarahhollowell.com/ Sarah Hollowell

        A 5-year-old would make more sense, at least, because it’s entirely possible (even probable) that they wouldn’t grasp the potential outcome of what they were doing. The idea that it would hurt the kitten might not occur to them.

        But 15? Holy shit that is not okay. That is not a prank. That is scary.

    • CMJ

      Frack, I’m still terrified of burning popcorn in the microwave (bad babysitting experience)…..Teenage psychopaths are by far more terrifying.

    • keelhaulrose

      I want to know what the parents have to say. Too often we hear about these types being “good kids who would never harm anything” despite the YouTube evidence to the contrary. I get loving your child no matter what, but if they’re not willing to address this giant red flag they’re permissive, oblivious asshats who are going to release their morally corrupt kids on the rest of us and be genuinely shocked when their kids hurt someone.

      • Armchair-ette

        Or, you know, as psychologically and/or pathologically damaged as their children. Sad but true.

    • KTZ

      Hopefully these kids have but put into therapy because that is so not normal and abusing animals is sometimes a precursor to hurting people.

    • Coby

      In college, we put CD’s in the microwave to see what it would do (ZOMG PRETTY SPARKLES). I can’t even fathom why someone would WANT to put any living thing or being in a microwave (I was going to reference some dude in Galveston, TX who did it but upon Googling “baby in a microwave,” I find that I need to scrub my eyes with bleach) . I can’t even wrap my head around it possibly being morbid curiosity…

      • http://sarahhollowell.com/ Sarah Hollowell

        Appropriate way to handle morbid curiosity: Google, “What would happen if you put a kitten in a microwave?” See what the internet thinks would happen. Go, “Huh, okay.” Move on. Still creepy thing to do but at least not harmful.

      • pitbullgirl65

        God please don’t tell me that someone did that What in the everloving hell?!
        I try not to hate the human race. I love animals, and I like people too, but not

    • crankylex

      I think that if you raised the kind of kid that thinks it’s okay to microwave animals for funsies, clearly something has failed in your parenting and you need to SERIOUSLY RE-EVALUATE.

    • Givemeabreak

      I can’t even… I mean really? I just can’t process WHY?

    • Archer

      If I was that tiny kitten’s mother, I’d totally suck the life out of those teenagers or smother them, or whatever it is that ‘old wives’ says cats supposedly do to kids.

      • Emmali Lucia

        Sit on their chests in their sleep?

        Can I join? I don’t approve of murder, but in this case I feel like it’d be after-the-fact self defense.

      • Annona

        “Suck their breath” Hahaha. I’m in.

    • Cat

      I am so ridiculously happy that the kitten is okay. I don’t think I could ever live in the same house with anyone who could do that, family or not.

    • Ptownsteveschick

      This makes me want to throw up. In my days working at a vet hospital, one of the other kennel assistants cleaned out a cage, he didn’t realize that the bottle feeding kitten we were trying to save wasn’t out being fed somewhere but was tunneled into the large blanket he threw into the washing machine. I don’t think any of us ever recovered from that and from then on, everyone religiously shook out every single piece of bedding before washing it.
      Sorry, but these kids are monsters.

      • http://sarahhollowell.com/ Sarah Hollowell

        Oh my god I can’t imagine how awful he felt :(

      • Ptownsteveschick

        Yeah, if you can imagine a grown man sobbing inconsolably, you are pretty close.

      • Emmali Lucia

        I had a friend who was loading up the dryer and had to walk away for a few minutes, the cat got in and she didn’t realize Until the Dryer beeped. From then on my washer and dryer are ALWAYS closed unless I’m actively loading them.

      • Athena A

        My friend’s mom had the exact same experience. The cat went into the machine after she loaded it, she came back with detergent and just closed it. As you can imagine the discovery afterwards was awful. So you should really always double-check, or just do like I do and fill up the machine so much there is no way anything else could get in there!

      • Sundaydrive00

        That is horrible! I worked at an animal rescue, when we cleaned the newborn baby kitten cages we had to triple check that we counted all the babies. I can’t even imagine how that person must have felt.

    • Amber Starr

      What rotten little scumbags. How ANYONE could do something so horrific is beyond me, but I seriously hope that the parents NEVER allow another poor animal to be subjected to these horrible girls.

      I’m so glad that the kitten is doing so well and I hope that she is adopted by a family who will love her and snuggle her and spoil her rotten for the rest of her life.

    • Aldonza

      This makes me ill! I need to go hug my cats right now. Thank goodness the kitten is okay and will find a new home.

    • chickadee

      That title made me want to vomit. Those girls also make me want to vomit. I can’t imagine raising a child who thinks this is a. a thing that a normal person would do, b. a thing you would film yourself doing, and c. a thing that you think should represent you on the internet. Counseling seems to be in order here.

    • http://sarahhollowell.com/ Sarah Hollowell

      And now I am just going to snuggle my kitten forever okay? Okay.

    • Annona

      They need to be evaluated by a professional, both of them. And I’d go so far as to say that someone needs to look seriously at what the ACTUAL FUCK is going on in both of their homes/lives. Because this is not normal behavior, and someone needs to get to the bottom of where it’s coming from before they’re on the news again for stabbing one of their little girlfriends to death and putting it on Twitter.

    • Alanna Jorgensen

      Thank God the kitty is fine because I clicked sooooo reluctantly, expecting to be in tears by the end. At 15 I would have flipped my shit if someone tried to do this near me.

    • apple4teacher

      My stepdaughter came home in tears one day because her friend did the SAME THING. When my stepdaughter confronted her she claimed it was “an accident”. She was playing “Hide the Kitten” and pushed the start button by accident. Right. The kitten was ok, thank goodness. I didn’t like this girl much before this incident, but after that I wanted nothing to do with her. I gave her a major lecture when I found out and told her parents what she did. This kind of behaviour is seriously scary.

    • Gretta

      I really truly think that the teenagers need a serious intervention right now. Really.
      Normal kids don’t do that. Something is wrong for them to do that.

    • Rachel Sea

      Those kids need all the therapy. And possibly incarceration forever.

    • MLS

      These children are psychopaths and should be locked up forever. They are a serious threat to society.

      • Donna Williams

        they certainly need to feel they have paid dearly for what they did, more especially in my view for their self promotion in posting footage and their added harm in seeking to influence or entertain others through their pride in their psychopathy. Years of therapy would be a start, but its the sociopathy/psychopath pride thing out there in cyber land that is the carrot for these people, they want to outdo each other in how ill they can be…. think about Batman and The Joker… those in these groups, showing off to each other, they are seeking to be the starring anti-heroes. As a society we created that niche, and we need to think about what that has encouraged and what we’re going to do about that.

    • ggdsd

      There is a correlation between animal abuse commited by young people and psycopathy. These young people lack conscience and empathy. This was not a prank, It was deliberate. I wish their names were published. i would not want my child assocating with them.

    • Arthur Di Lampedusa

      Who the hell cares? buy a new microwave. We eat chickens, cows, pigs, and fish daily, so whats the difference if they killed a cat. I used to shoot pigeons off the roof of the local park with a pellet gun and once hit a pigeon with a brick. Good times.

    • JJ

      Ok, kitty cat microwaved for 19 seconds and lives, everything is fine, I get that. But is there something wrong with a person that doesn’t love animals? I certainly would not microwave a live animal but as a teen I did plenty of dumb shit that I certainly wouldn’t do now. The author of this article acts as if a person is flawed if they don’t love every animal. I don’t like pets, I think they are dirty and annoying but I don’t think I am a psychopath. I prefer humans, honestly. My kids love animals and I fake it for them and take them to the zoo. Whatever.

      • SusannahJoy

        It’s totally ok to not like animals. It’s not ok to torture them for a youtube video. Or for any reason, actually. And if some of the dumb shit you did as a teenager includes animal torture, I’d say there’s something wrong with you too.

      • pitbullgirl65

        No there is nothing wrong with a person who doesn’t like animals.
        I don’t like babies frankly, and I find them just as annoying and dirty as you do about animals. (I don’t have kids of course)
        Am I a bad person? No, although some people would say I was.
        HOWEVER: I would be piece of s**t human if I purposely hurt a child or baby, or didn’t stop someone else abusing one. I despise cruelty period.
        And yeah, IA with SusannahJoy: if your teen antics included abuse of animals or people, AND you think that was a ok even now? You’ve got issues at best.

    • Donna Williams

      I grew up with a psychopathic parent. My older brother was groomed into harming animals. I was traumatised by my mother’s psychopathy. I have loved animals all my life, rescued plenty, love our animals as family and could never harm an animal. So it is not so much the modelling, nor whether someone has been abused, it is narcissism and if a narcissistic child identifies with a narcissistic/psycopathic animal harming parent, that child will likely do similar, but a non narcissistic child who is neither bonded with nor identifies with the harming parent may be even less likely to harm than those who grew up in ‘normal’ families. The stats are that around 30% of those harmed go on to harm, so around 70% don’t, and it is probably also true that at least 10% of kids from ‘normal’ families grow up to harm.