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TWO teenagers have been banned from keeping pets after they posted 'shocking footage' on Facebook of them violently throwing a kitten in the air.
On Monday the 15-year-old and 16-year-old from the Isle of Sheppey admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a eight-week kitten at Maidstone Youth Court.
The teenagers were given a nine month referral order and disqualified from keeping all animals for a year.
They were taken to court by the RSPCA after it was alerted by police about the footage, which showed the tortoiseshell kitten hitting the ceiling and appearing to be knocked unconscious.
A vet said the length and severity of the attack meant the kitten would have suffered fear and distress, and it was miraculous that she had not suffered severe physical injuries.
RSPCA chief inspector Steve Dockery said: "This was shocking footage of young girls violently throwing an eight-week-old kitten around. The girls' commentary on the video shows that they found their actions to be hilariously funny which is worrying.
"The abuse of a young animal purely for entertainment cannot be tolerated and posting it on a social networking site sends out a message that animal cruelty is acceptable.
"The kitten was lucky to survive her ordeal and has since been rehomed with a new and loving family."
A member of the public reported it to the police who interviewed the girls involved and asked the RSPCA to investigate.
The 16-year-old girl who filmed the attack pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to appear for trial later in the year.
They were both ordered to pay £85 court costs.
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