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Former Customer 'Sickened' by Pet Store Fire

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LAS VEGAS -- The puppies rescued from a pet store fire last week are currently unavailable for adoption. Clark County officials say they are on an indefinite legal hold following a suspected arson fire at the store where they were housed.

One Las Vegas woman, who asked not to be identified, said she has put a down payment on one of the 27 puppies that was rescued from the shop. Now, she has no idea of when, or if, she will get her dog.

"It's sickening because we love dogs, we love animals. And to know someone could do this is disgusting."

Gloria Lee, 35, the owner of the Prince and Princess Puppy Boutique on Rainbow Boulevard is accused of setting fire to the business. According to the arrest report, Lee was seen on a surveillance video letting a man, identified as Kirk Bills, into the shop. The video shows him pouring what appears to be gasoline on the floor and the kennels housing the puppies. A sprinkler system put out the fire and saved the puppies.

"I keep getting chills over and over. I couldn't sleep last night," said the customer. 

She claims she bought a puppy from the boutique in the past and noticed Lee's behavior was odd.

"There's definitely a disconnect, normally there's some passion behind what you're doing." She'd walk in right past the puppies. You could tell that the puppies weren't getting attention."

The woman says she recently put down a $600 payment on a Yorkshire Terrier that Lee was selling for $4,000. Now, the woman is worried she will never get to take her dog home.

"It's sad, they're like babies and they need forever homes. And for someone who could set them on fire and let them burn to death is inhumane."

The Lied Animal Shelter says the 27 puppies received their first vaccines and are doing okay.

"We have our vets watching them and they are in a separate area away from other animals so they are completely fine and safe," said Meghan Scheibe, Animal Foundation.

As for the customer, she is unconcerned about her down payment, she just wants the puppies to find happy homes and for Lee to be charged with animal cruelty.

"It just goes to show what kind of character these people have."

The shelter has received numerous calls from people interested in adopting the puppies. It's up to the county to decide when that will happen.

Metro Police are still looking for Kirk Bills.

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