Two Kent teenagers who posted a video of them hurling a kitten around a bedroom on Facebook have been banned from keeping animals for a year.

The two girls, aged 15 and 16, can be seen in the video laughing as they violently swing the helpless cat from side to side and throw to it each other.

At one point the kitten appears to hit the ceiling, knocking it unconscious.

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The cat was examined by a vet afterwards who said it was "miraculous" it was not seriously hurt

The eight-week-old kitten survived and has since been rehoused, reports the Daily Mail.

The shocking cruelty happened in August of last year.

The girls were caught after posting the footage on Facebook and charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Appearing in Maidstone Youth Court on Monday, the two girls were fined £85, given a nine-month referral order as well as being disqualified from keeping animals for a year.

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," reports the BBC.

He added: "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."

A third girl, 16, who filmed incident has pleaded not guilty and will appear in court later this year.

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