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Pet cruelty charges filed against pet store owner in arson case

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Pet cruelty charges filed against pet store owner in arson case

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Feb 5, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Additional charges have been filed against pet store owner Gloria Lee, who is accused of setting fire to Prince & Princess Puppies & Boutique on Jan. 27.

She is now facing charges of arson, burglary, and 27 counts of attempted cruelty to animals, one count for each animal that was in the store at the time of the fire.

"These puppies could have been killed," said Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson.

The 35-year-old woman appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom early Wednesday morning.

During her appearance, prosecutors asked that her bail be raised to $400,000. The motion was denied for now but a new bail hearing has been scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday.

In the meantime, the 35-year-old woman has surrendered her passport and will be on house arrest. Lee was also ordered to have no contact with someone related to the case.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 24.

Nevada Voters for Animals staged a protest in front of the Regional Justice Center before the 8 a.m. hearing. A growing number of handmade signs have been taped to the front of Lee's store, each expressing outrage over the accusations.

They have been pushing the prosecutor to file animal cruelty charges.

The fire happened on Jan. 27 at the pet store near South Rainbow Boulevard and the beltway. All of the puppies survived and are now being held at the Animal Foundation shelter on an indefinite legal hold.

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani is the managing editor for PositivelyLV.com and contributes to KTNV.com and NowTrending.com.