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Judge: Co-owner must pay $8K to keep puppy raffle on hold

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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)
Donald Thompson argues his ownership of the puppies during a Clark County Commission meeting March 3, 2014. (FOX5) Donald Thompson argues his ownership of the puppies during a Clark County Commission meeting March 3, 2014. (FOX5)
Kirk Bills (left) and Gloria Lee listen to proceedings during a hearing in a Las Vegas courtroom in these undated images. (File/FOX5) Kirk Bills (left) and Gloria Lee listen to proceedings during a hearing in a Las Vegas courtroom in these undated images. (File/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

On Tuesday, a judge ordered the co-owner of 27 puppies rescued from a pet shop that was set on fire in January to pay $8,000 to keep the raffle of those puppies on hold.

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. Lee has pleaded not guilty to the fire.

Since the fire, the puppies have been cared for at the Animal Foundation. The organization had planned a raffle of the canines last week, but that was put on hold after Donald Thompson, the co-owner of the pet shop and estranged husband of Lee, sued to stop the process.

Thompson's attorney has said his client wants the puppies to be turned over to A Home 4 Spot, which has a better track record of finding good, permanent homes for animals.

During Tuesday's hearing, a Las Vegas judge upheld the temporary restraining order, preventing the raffle from moving forward. However, according to FOX5's Lindsay Curtis, he ordered Thompson to pay $8,000 to the Animal Foundation by Wednesday morning to keep the restraining order in place. The judge said the money was to compensate the shelter for the cost of food and shelter for the dogs.

Another hearing about the lawsuit was scheduled for Wednesday.

Both Lee and Bills are being held at the Clark County Detention Center on charges of arson, conspiracy, burglary and attempted animal cruelty. Bail was set at $310,000 for each.

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