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Pet store co-owner makes claim for rescued arson pups

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The 27 puppies rescued from a burning pet store were placed in the custody of Animal Foundation. (FOX5 FILE) The 27 puppies rescued from a burning pet store were placed in the custody of Animal Foundation. (FOX5 FILE)
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The estranged husband of a woman who is accused of setting her pet store on fire with 27 puppies inside is requesting ownership for the canines, with plans to place them in the care of an animal rescue group.

According to Clark County Spokesman Dan Kulin, an attorney for Donald Thompson, who is the husband of pet store owner Gloria Lee, proposed assigning the ownership of 27 puppies to organization A Home 4 Spot.

The attorney told FOX5's Azenith Smith the nonprofit group would be able to pay for the ownership rights and other fees for all the pups before placing the dogs in foster care until they find suitable, permanent homes.

Thompson wants the pups out of the shelter, his lawyer said.

The county said it is reviewing the request, including whether the group can properly and legally take possession of the canines. There was also no timetable disclosed on the review.

The fate of the puppies has been in question since they were placed in custody at the Animal Foundation following a fire at the Prince and Princess Puppies and Boutique on Jan. 27.

Investigators believed the business' owner, Lee, planned to set fire to the business with help from an associate, Kirk Bills. Both Lee and Bills were booked into Clark County Detention Center on charges of arson, conspiracy to commit arson, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and 27 counts of attempted animal cruelty.

Bail for Lee and Bills was set at $310,000 each.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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