Woman Allegedly Burns Ferret To Death In Oven

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A New Hampshire woman allegedly burned a pet ferret to death.

Ivana Clifford, 26, was arrested on one count of animal cruelty after a ferret owned by her two roommates was found dead in a smoke-filled oven, the Daily Mail reports.

Manchester police responded at around 2:40 a.m. on Nov. 8 to a report of smoke in an apartment.

Roommate Cara Murray claims Clifford put Angel, her 2-year-old ferret, in the oven and turned up the heat.

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

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"We love our animals so much," she told WHDH. "It was just devastating. How can someone be so cruel to be an animal in your oven and cooking it alive."

She added, "To lose a ferret is like losing a kid. I just can't believe she did that."

When firefighters arrived, they confirmed they found the ferret in the oven and covered in burn marks.

Officers found Clifford, who is 32 weeks pregnant, standing outside the building with others who had evacuated.

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Clifford allegedly accused Murray of stealing her clothes, and admitted to killing Angel in revenge.

Murray contends that Clifford killed Angel because it had "nipped" her on the foot.

On Nov. 8, Clifford was charged with animal cruelty and her bail was set at $10,000.

In New York City, ferrets are banned. The ban took effect in 1999, when Rudy Giuliani was mayor, The Atlantic reports.

Referring to opposition to the ban from ferret-lovers, Giuliani said at the time: "This excessive concern with little weasels is a sickness." 

Other than New York City, the only places where ferrets are prohibited by law are Hawaii and California, where statewide bans are in place. 

The New York City Board of Health upheld the ferret ban in 2015, citing the prospect of feral colonies developing.

In a Facebook post, ferret-lover David Guthartz, wrote a scathing response to the health board's decision.

Well no surprise with the NYC Department of Health upholding their illegal ban on ferrets today. How can we expect government to get things right for animals at all when they can't get it right for humans? Well now it's time to get tough on them. Since they are violating State law, it's time to treat them like the criminals they are. It time for charges to be brought against them. Let them be arrested and face a judge.

Sources: Daily Mail, WHDH, The Atlantic / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Manchester Police Department via Daily MailWHDH via Daily Mail

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