PORTLAND, Maine (CBS Connecticut) – Two teenage girls from Maine are denying felony animal cruelty charges after a video surfaced of the girls putting an 8-week-old kitten into a microwave.

The girls were both 15 when the alleged incident happened, told a judge they understood the charges and entered the juvenile equivalent of a not guilty plea.

 The judge released the girls to their parents on condition that they undergo psychological evaluations.

The girls’ attorney, Eric Cote, told the Portland Press Herald they had no intention of harming the cat and have been traumatized by the aftermath

“They were just doing something they thought was funny,” Cote said. “They wanted to make movies. They were playing … I think they didn’t understand what took place here.”

The girls shot a video for the movie-sharing site Vine, which displays six seconds of video. One girl is seen putting the cat, named Miracle, into the microwave oven and starting it. Then the video cuts to the other girl taking the kitten out.

The kitten survived and has been adopted by another family.

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