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DOG-EATING SNAKE GOES TO DESIGNATED CUSTODIAN.

Byline: Amy Collins Daily News Staff Writer

Alissss has done her time, but she's not going home.

Confined to a cage at the Chatsworth animal shelter since she ate Babette the 2-pound Chihuahua on Aug. 9, Alissss the boa constrictor has been moved to temporary quarters in San Bernardino County.

Angus Johnson, the struggling rock musician who owns the boa, said he has entrusted his 7-1/2-foot friend to a former band mate who lives in Colton.

``He's going to be the custodian until I can get her back,'' Johnson said.

The city's Animal Services Commission tentatively is scheduled to hear Johnson's request Monday for permission to live with his snake at his home in West Hills.

At the same meeting, Flossie ``Jackie'' Torgerson, who owned Babette, is expected to ask the city to ban all snakes in residential areas.

Johnson was told by city animal control officials that he could no longer keep Alissss at his home, and they wouldn't release the snake until she could be placed somewhere outside the city. Alissss was released Friday afternoon to Yolanda and Keats Gefter. Keats owns another snake, and Yolanda works for a veterinarian, Johnson said.

The spokesman for the city animal control said the case of the snake who ate the dog has been resolved about as best possible.

``It really isn't the happiest ending because of all the tragedy that befell Babette, and Angus is without his pet,'' said Peter Persic, the spokesman for Los Angeles Department of Animal Regulation. ``But it's probably the best ending we can hope for.''

Johnson and his attorney still hope to bring Alissss out of exile.

``This is really just an interim solution, just an interim home,'' said R. Jeffrey Ward, of the Century City law firm of Bosco, Blau & Ward.
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