Pet store owner to face judge Wed. in Vegas arson case - FOX5 Vegas - KVVU

Pet store owner to face judge Wed. in Vegas arson case

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Gloria Lee (Source: LVMPD) Gloria Lee (Source: LVMPD)
The sign for the Prince and Princess Puppies & Boutique is seen after being closed because of a fire on Jan. 27, 2014. (FOX5) The sign for the Prince and Princess Puppies & Boutique is seen after being closed because of a fire on Jan. 27, 2014. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

An pet store owner faces an initial court date Wednesday in connection to a fire on the shop that was believed to be intentionally set.

According to Las Vegas Metro police, Gloria Lee was observed on surveillance video letting a person into the Prince and Princess Pet Shop who dumped gasoline at the store and on kennels that housed puppies.

The person then set the place ablaze before he and Lee were seen fleeing, police said.

Documents were released Monday detailing the arrest of Lee. According to authorities, Lee was charged with first-degree arson and conspiracy to commit arson tied to the Jan. 27 fire.

Firefighters were called to the business in the 6800 block of South Rainbow Boulevard just before 1 a.m. on reports of a fire. The majority of the flames at the business were already extinguished by an automatic sprinkler system, police said.

In the report, police noted front and rear doors were locked but security bars to the back entrance were found lying next to the door. Investigators also determined the fire was intentionally set.

Police were able to review surveillance footage from inside the store, which showed a woman later identified as Lee about the time before fire crews came on scene.

According to documents, Lee was seen opening the back door to the business to let in a man who was carrying two gas containers. Police observed the man pouring the contents of the canisters all over the store and onto kennels that housed 27 puppies.

The man in the video is then seen lighting a rolled-up newspaper and placing it next to the poured gasoline, igniting the business, documents showed. Police said the man lights another stack of newspapers before both he and the woman are seen exiting the store through the back.

Police eventually tied Lee to the store after the owner of the building identified her as the space's renter. Lee was taken into custody for the incident but later posted bail from Clark County Detention Center.

Police did not say whether they were seeking a second person in the case.

None of the canines in the store were seriously injured, according to fire officials. The dogs were taken to Lied Animal Shelter.

Clark County spokesperson Dan Kulin said the dogs are not available to be adopted pending the outcome of Lee's case. Kulin, though, noted Lee may regain custody of the canines if the case is dropped or resolved in her favor.

Kulin also said the dogs will not be euthanized.

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