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‘Snake Woman’: I Can’t Pay $650 MBTA Cleaning Bill

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Melissa Moorhouse and husband, Ray, with their boa, Penelope. (Photo courtesy: Matthew J. Lee/Boston Globe)

Melissa Moorhouse and husband, Ray, with their boa, Penelope. (Photo courtesy: Matthew J. Lee/Boston Globe)

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BOSTON (CBS) – The woman who lost her snake on the Red Line last month said she can’t afford to pay the bill the MBTA sent her to clean the train.

30-year-old Melissa Moorhouse of Allston lost her 3-foot long boa constrictor January 6. It was found alive and well several weeks later.

On Tuesday, the T sent her a bill for $650 to cover the cost of sanitizing the train.

“I’m on disability, there’s no way that I can pay that amount,” she told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Wednesday.

“I don’t know how I would possibly do it. I really don’t.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens talks to Moorhouse

Moorhouse said she feels like she’s being “vilified.”

“Why do they not sanitize the trains anyway?”

“I have seen people throwing up on the bus or the train. People bleeding. Do those people get bills too?”

“The risk of salmonella with a boa is actually really, really low.”

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