WrPet Shop Owner Facing Wrath of Animal Activists in Addition to Arson Charges
According to police, Lee and Bills are seen on surveillance videos dousing newspapers with gasoline and then lighting them on fire. They claim that cameras also caught Lee removing several files from the office just before she and Bills exited.
During that time, there were apparently 27 puppies housed in cages inside the store that were not released beforehand. Sprinklers put out the fire, and firefighters also responded quickly to the scene, so none of them perished. However, the idea of innocent animals being used as pawns in this manner prompted action on the part of local animal rights groups.
Two groups staged protests at the courthouse in an effort to secure additional charges for Lee. In addition, the Nevada Political Action for Animals announced their protest on Facebook, receiving numerous “likes” and more than 1,300 shares.
Bail for Lee has been set at $310,000, and she will have to remain on house arrest if released. Meanwhile, police are still attempting to locate her alleged co-conspirator, who faces the same charges she does. Those with information about his whereabouts are encouraged to call metro police.