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Co-Conspirator in Pet Shop Arson to Face Charges

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LAS VEGAS -- The man police say helped set fire to a pet shop with 27 puppies inside is in custody following a nationwide manhunt.

Metro Police officers say they have Kirk Bills on surveillance camera dousing the pet store and dog kennels with gasoline. He's is now behind bars in Indiana awaiting extradition back to Clark County.

Bills is the alleged co-conspirator of pet store owner Gloria Lee who is in the Clark County Detention Center facing 30 felony charges, 27 of those are for cruelty to animals. A sprinkler system and the quick actions of firefighters saved all the puppies.

"The puppies are happy and healthy and our vets are keeping a close eye on them and just making sure everything stays okay," said Megan Schiebe with the Animal Foundation.

Their new home is the Lied Animal Shelter for the foreseeable future. While the puppies are safe, neighboring businesses near the Prince and Princess Puppies and Boutique are trying to pick up the pieces. Kimberly Phan is struggling to reopen her nail salon. She can barely make her way through all the equipment crowding the undamaged portion of the Reflections Nails & Spa shop. Even more troubling was the smell following the fire.

"Gasoline. We smelled gas and smoke. Very very strong," Phan said.

The smell was so overwhelming, salon customers and staff were getting sick.

"I felt dizzy. When you walked in, it was like, oh my God, the smell," Phan said.

Police say the man behind the smell is Kirk Bills who was caught on camera dousing puppy kennels with gasoline while the dogs were locked inside. Bills is a Las Vegas boxer and has trained in facilities throughout the valley. Boxing bloggers say he was represented by boxer Zap Judah. Bills went missing shortly after the fire, but authorities in Lake County, Indiana managed to find him Friday.

"It was an easy decision to bring serious charges against these folks for their dangerous acts," District Attorney Steve Wolfson said.

While the dogs remain in county custody, unable to be adopted right now, Bills will soon be on his way back to Nevada to face his day in court alongside Gloria Lee.

It's unclear when Bills will be back in Las Vegas. Le is expected back in court Tuesday morning. Her attorneys will discuss her bail and whether she continues to be a flight risk.

 

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