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Court order stops raffle of puppies rescued from pet store fire

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Mar 7, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The puppy raffle won't go on as originally planned. A judge has just granted a temporary order stopping the raffle of the 27 dogs rescued from a pet store that was set on fire.

The puppies were saved from the Prince and Princess Puppies and Boutique when authorities said Gloria Lee and Kirk Bills tried to set it on fire.

The order issued Friday morning, blocks Clark County and The Animal Foundation from taking the dogs from the pet-store managing owner, Donald Thompson, at least until a hearing on Tuesday.

Attorney Jacob Hafter, who's representing Thompson, claims officials conspired to steal the puppies from Thompson and sell them for money.

"We want to work with the county. We want to work with LIED. We're willing to pay reasonable fees related to their housing and boarding of the animals and care of them for the last month. But problem is they just don't seem to be reasonable. They really want to engage in this raffle for whatever reason," said Hafter.

Thompson wants the dogs to go to a different non-profit group.

With store co-owner Gloria Lee in jail, the Clark County Commission rejected Thompson's ownership claim.

The Animal Foundation responded to the situation with a statement, "The raffle has been postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience. We cannot comment further due to pending litigation."

For now, the raffle will not go on as originally planned on Friday afternoon.

Krista Hostetler

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Krista Hostetler is currently the Senior Web Editor for ktnv.com and KTNV Mobile.