Pet Shop Owner Facing Myriad of Charges in Vegas

WrPet Shop Owner Facing Wrath of Animal Activists in Addition to Arson Charges

Thanks to the diligent efforts of animal rights activists, pet shop owner Gloria Lee is now facing animal cruelty charges in addition to first-degree arson, conspiracy to commit arson, burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary charges. These charges stem from an incident that took place on January 27, in which police claim Lee and another man, Kirk Bills, attempted to burn down the Prince and Princess pet shop.

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.