'They Shouldn't Have a Ferret Because I'm Pregnant' Says Accused Pet Murderer in Court Doc
MANCHESTER — A woman accused of killing her roommates' pet ferret confessed to police saying, "They shouldn't have a ferret because I'm pregnant," according to court paperwork.
Ivana Clifford, 26, is being held on $10,000 cash bail on one count of felony animal cruelty.
Cara Murray and James Klimavich live at 80 Lowell St., Apt. D3, Manchester. Murray said they often help out people in the neighborhood who may be down on their luck, including Clifford who is several months pregnant.
"They (Clifford and her husband) were staying with another person that lived in our building, and he kicked them out so we felt bad for them and we took them in," Murray said. Clifford's husband was not at the apartment at the time of the incident.
Murray said she believes it was a premeditated attack because the ferret, named Angel, was still very young.
"She nips. She's a baby. And that's why she put our ferret in the oven," Murray said.
Murray and Klimavich woke to the fire alarm going off and heavy smoke inside their apartment early Wednesday morning. Firefighters arrived around 2:40 a.m. and found the source of the smoke was coming from the oven.
According to court paperwork, "the ferret was stuck to the bottom coil of the oven" and was "deceased upon arrival."
Clifford pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday afternoon. The state agreed to $2,500 cash only bail and that it could convert to personal recognizance pending a mental evaluation at a local hospital. However, Judge Gillian Abramson disagreed, ruling instead Clifford would remain in jail on $10,000 cash bail.
"These allegations demonstrate a profound level of sadism that is of deep concern to this court," Abramson said. She told the attorneys if they want to get Clifford a mental health evaulation, Community Connections will come to the jail.
If Clifford is able to come up with the $10,000 cash, she must adhere to specific bail conditions. She can have no contact with Murray or Klimavich or any domestic animal. She also must refrain from using any drugs or alcohol or having a firearm in her possession and must remain in the state.
Murray expressed concern for Clifford's unborn baby.
"If she can throw a live ferret in the oven, what makes you think she won't throw a baby in the oven if it cries?" Murray said.