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Raffle to determine future of arson case puppies

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The 27 puppies rescued from a burning pet store were placed in the custody of Animal Foundation. (File/FOX5) The 27 puppies rescued from a burning pet store were placed in the custody of Animal Foundation. (File/FOX5)
Kirk Bills, left, and Gloria Lee appear in two different Las Vegas courtrooms Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (FOX5) Kirk Bills, left, and Gloria Lee appear in two different Las Vegas courtrooms Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The saga of 27 puppies rescued from a pet store that was set ablaze may finally be coming to an end in the form of a raffle.

Investigators have said 35-year-old Gloria Lee and 27-year-old Kirk Bills are seen on surveillance video, recorded Jan. 27, dousing the inside of the Prince and Princess Puppies and Boutique with gasoline before lighting it on fire.

The business' sprinkler system was able to put out the blaze, and firefighters were able to rescue the canines without any being seriously injured.

Both Lee and Bills have since been arrested.

Since the fire, the puppies have been held at the Animal Foundation, where their future remained in limbo. Last week, officials posted a letter on the doors of the business ordering either Lee, who owns the business, or Donald Thompson, Lee's estranged husband who is partial owner of the business, to claim the dogs by Sunday night, and pay nearly $14,000 in fees.

On Monday, Thompson proposed assigning ownership to a local pet foster group called A Home 4 Spot. Officials said they had to review the proposal before assigning legal ownership of the dogs to the group.

During Tuesday's Clark County Commission meeting, officials said Thompson did not provide sufficient proof that he can assert legal ownership of the animals. The commissioners then told the Animal Foundation to move ahead with its plan to use an online raffle to determine who is allowed to adopt the puppies.

According to a statement from the foundation, the plan calls for raffle tickets for each of the puppies to be sold for $250 each starting Friday, with the money benefiting the foundation. The raffle will close March 13, and winners will be randomly chosen March 14. Participants will be required to complete an adoption application and complete a screening before their adoption is finalized. More information about the process was posted on the group's website at animalfoundation.com/puppies Tuesday evening.

Both Lee and Bills are being held at the Clark County Detention Center on charges of arson, conspiracy, burglary and several counts of animal cruelty.

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