The 27 puppies rescued from a fire at the Prince and Princess Puppies and Boutique were housed at the Animal Foundation. The puppies were shown here on Feb. 3, 2014. (Azenith Smith/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Clark County has given the owners of a pet store that was set on fire 72 hours to claim ownership of 27 puppies that were rescued from an arson-set fire there last month.
According to the county, a letter was delivered to Gloria Lee, one of the listed owners of the Prince and Princess Puppies and Boutique, on Thursday afternoon informing her of the move. Lee is currently being detained at Clark County Detention Center in connection to the Jan. 27 arson case.
The district attorney's office said if there are no claims to the canines by Sunday night, the puppies will be turned over to the Animal Foundation per the county's policy for abandoned animals.
The Foundation will, in turn, adopt out the canines for permanent homes, according to the county.
If a claim is indeed made, Lee or her husband, who is the other listed owner of the puppy boutique, will have to pay $14,000 in fees to reclaim the dogs, according to the county.
"While I know the puppies are safe and well-cared for at the shelter, I think we can all agree that the shelter is not an ideal long-term home for them," District Attorney Steve Wolfson said.
The county said before informing Lee, steps were taken in finding the possible owners of the pets but none could be found.
"I am confident that we are moving in the right direction at this time," Wolfson added. "And I am pleased that the action taken by my office brings every one of these puppies closer to moving out of the shelter and into a permanent loving home."
A county spokesperson further said the Animal Foundation is expected to announce its adoption process after the deadline passes.
Lee and accused co-conspirator Kirk Bills were charged with counts of arson, conspiracy to commit arson, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and 27 counts of attempted animal cruelty tied to the fire.
Bail for Lee and Bills was set at $310,000 each.
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