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Co-owner of torched pet shop wants puppies sent to different organization

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L.E. Baskow

Zzyzx the dog joins the Nevada Political Action for Animals protestor’s rally outside the Clark County Justice Center prior to an appearance by Gloria Lee Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Lee is accused of arson and animal cruelty in connection with a fire at her pet store, Prince and Princess Pet Boutique.

Updated Monday, March 3, 2014 | 1:06 p.m.

The 27 puppies that survived a fire at a Las Vegas pet shop may have found a new place to stay.

Donald Thompson, who co-owns Princes & Princesses pet shop with his wife, Gloria Lee, has offered to donate the puppies to animal rescue group Home 4 Spot, Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin said. The rescue group is a nonprofit that provides foster care and medicine while seeking a home for abandoned pets.

The puppies were in need of a new home, after the Jan. 27 fire at the shop, 6870 S. Rainbow Blvd.

Lee, 35, and Kirk Bills, 27, allegedly dumped gasoline in the store and set it on fire, authorities say. Responding firefighters rescued the puppies, who were not injured.

On Thursday, authorities delivered letters to Lee and Thompson, giving them 72 hours to assert claim to the puppies before the county turned the rights over to the Animal Foundation, where the puppies had been staying.

The county is now reviewing Thompson’s proposal to donate the puppies to Home 4 Spot, which includes determining the group’s ability to properly and legally take possession of the dogs. There is no timetable for when the process will be completed, Kulin said.

Meanwhile, Lee and Bills are charged with more than 30 counts, including arson and attempted animal abuse, in the fire. Both remain in the Clark County Jail on $310,000 bail.

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