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House With Psychedelic Paint Job Apparently Abandoned

January 9, 1993 GMT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) _ A man whose psychedelic house paint and Alice Cooper portrait prompted the rocker to try to help him avoid foreclosure has apparently abandoned the home, his mortgage company said.

The home is boarded up, and neighbors last saw Patrick and Dee Ann Kelly and their two children more than a week ago, The Press Enterprise reported Saturday.

Four dogs left untended at the home were impounded on Friday.

Chief Animal Control Officer Emmett Gibson said he located the Kellys at a motel on Friday as they were checking out. They kept one dog, he said, and the others were turned over to the Humane Society.

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Kelly made headlines last year when, broke and unable to sell his $258,000 home 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles, he gave it a wild paint job that included a likeness of Cooper.

Cooper held a benefit at the home in November, selling his albums, T-shirts and posters to help Kelly pay off more than $13,000 in back mortgage payments.

The Kellys had until the end of January to make the current payment before Standard Mortgage Co. of San Bernardino started foreclosure proceedings, but ″it appears the home has been abandoned,″ said Pam Beck, company vice president.

Ms. Beck said Kelly, who is unemployed, told her last month that he thought he could make the payment by selling his story to television or tabloid newspapers.

Cooper was sorry to hear the news, said his publicist, Toby Mamis.

″We never told him to stay in the house. We just wanted to make sure they weren’t going to get thrown out of the house when he was trying to figure out what to do,″ Mamis said.