MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) – A New Hampshire woman is charged with animal cruelty after she allegedly put a roommate’s pet ferret inside the oven and killed it.

“The smoke detector woke us up,” said Kara Murray.

It was just before 3 a.m. on Wednesday when firefighters were called to a Lowell Street apartment in Manchester.

According to Murray, she and her boyfriend ran into the kitchen and found it full of smoke.

“And my boyfriend opened up the door and found our dead ferret in there.”

Ivana Clifford. (Image Credit: Manchester Police)

Lt. Brian O’Keefe said, “I’ve been here 22 years and I haven’t heard of an animal placed and killed inside of an oven. It’s certainly unique. It’s disturbing.”

Murray said it was her new roommate, Ivana Clifford, 26, who put the ferret in the oven after getting mad at the animal for biting her foot.

Murray recently took Clifford in to help her out because she’s homeless and pregnant.

The ferret, Angel, was “very friendly, she was so cute, she was very energetic, she would run around with the other ferrets,” said Murray.

Lisa Murray with a different ferret (WBZ-TV)

The fire alarm and smoke forced an evacuation of the Lowell Street apartment building.

Officers spoke Clifford and charged her with one count of animal cruelty.

Clifford is being held on $10,000 cash bail. If that gets posted she’s not allowed to return to the Lowell Street apartment.

She is scheduled to appear in court on November 8.

Comments (9)
  1. I was once in a home where the owner had a mouse loose in it. It ran across the counter top, then to get away from the humans approaching it. It ran from counter top then onto the gas range stove top that was turned off. The gas stove range from maytag has oven air vent intake openings that vent down into it and or lower ovens or simply imnto rear of stove but it very much looks like it is a bvent onto the ovens internal chambers. The mouse was familiar with his escape path . I would suspect he enters the oven when he smells food and gets it and comes out. In this story above it was stated the ferret ie regularly loose in home as such could he like a mouse squeeze down through vent duct grill openings ( look at all gas stoves burner in rear , beneath clock 3 inches up from grill top and you will see good size openings venting the oven chambers or rear of stove or etc…). If that rodent new his home and followed his nose to the buts left in the oven, could he get stuck in it or simply be in it. When a person unknowingly wanted to pre heat the oven to 350 to start cooking a dinner later in time not knowing they where in it ? The girl could be completely innocent , if that be the case and confussed thinking no one would beleive them that they did not put the rodent in it as they are fired questions of if not you then who did put the rodent in it over and over again. – could the homeowner be wrong – > ? ? ? ? ? ? — hopefully the TV news reporters can send out an investigative reporter to get to the bottom of it and end teh pain all are feeling fronm the thought of it being a deliberate killing , if it was only an error ! ! !

    1. I find that hard to believe. A ferret would not fit through a stove vent. The homeless, pregnant woman is probably disturbed and on drugs. Although it was a tragic way to get her out, they should be glad something worse wasn’t done to them or the ferrets.

    2. Darryl Smith says:

      You must be a lawyer with stretches of the imagination like that.

  2. Pretty hard not to realize there´s a scampering animal inside your oven-

  3. Would love to read a report later that describes the same thing happening to her.