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Animal Activists Stage Protest of Pet Shop Owner

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LAS VEGAS - An accused arsonist faced more than a judge when she walked into court Wednesday.

Two animal rights groups held a rally outside the courthouse to demand additional charges and tougher penalties for Gloria Lee.

Lee has a 8 a.m. hearing in Las Vegas Justice Court.

Lee is accused of setting her pet store on fire with puppies inside. Representatives from one of the two animal rights groups say they expect a large group of protesters Wednesday morning.

The Nevada Political Action for Animals announced the rally on Facebook after people asking the group to take action. Since then, the post has been shared more than 1,300 times.

Nevada Voters for Animals will also rally outside of the courthouse. Both groups want Lee charged with animal cruelty, in addition to the arson charges she already faces. They also want her to receive the maximum punishment if convicted.

"When they think of somebody murdering innocent puppies that are helpless, trapped in a cage, stuck in a cage, being burned alive, attempted to being burned alive, it's sickening," said Kristen Corral with Nevada Political Action for Animals. "I think a lot of people are really sickened by the thought of that."

Investigators say Lee isn't the only suspect in this case. Police are also looking for another man they say helped her set the fire. His name is Kirk Bills. Police say he and Lee can be seen in surveillance video dousing the store with gasoline.

Lee was arrested and booked last weekend. She is out of custody on bail.

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