Woman accused of cooking roommate's pet ferret in oven


The ferret had allegedly been tossed in the oven by Murray's temporary roommate, Ivana Clifford, 26, who police say then turned the oven on and cooked the ferret.

Charged with animal cruelty, Clifford is held on $10,000 bail. "It was just devastating", Murray told WHDH. Clifford's husband was not at the apartment at the time of the incident.

"She nips. She's a baby".

"My boyfriend opened it and there was a dead ferret inside the oven", Murray said.

Police say the roommate and the roommate's boyfriend awoke to the sound of the smoke alarm going off early on November 8, and saw heavy smoke inside their apartment.

Ivana Clifford, 26, told Manchester cops responding to a kitchen fire on the third floor of a Lowell Street apartment building about 2:37 a.m. that she intentionally tossed the ferret in the oven because it posed a danger to her pregnancy and out of "revenge from the victim stealing her clothes", police said.

Firefighters cleared the building and found the ferret.

Clifford pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday afternoon.

She will undergo a mental evaluation in jail.

"These allegations demonstrate a profound level of sadism that is of deep concern to this court", Abramson said.

Murray says there was smoke pouring out of her even before they discovered that Angel was dead. And for that reason, I am setting bail in the amount of $10,000 cash only.

Murray told CBS Boston that Angel was "very friendly, she was so cute, she was very energetic, she would run around with the other ferrets". She also must refrain from using any drugs or alcohol or having a firearm in her possession and must remain in the state. Murray added that Clifford had been angry over stolen clothes.