Pet Shop Arson Leaves Customers in the Lurch - 8 News NOW

Pet Shop Arson Leaves Customers in the Lurch

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LAS VEGAS -- Gloria Lee, the woman accused of trying to set her pet store on fire with 27 puppies inside, is behind bars in solitary confinement while her case works its way through the courts.

The dogs are at a shelter and the store is closed, but the incident has left some of Lee's customers unable to get what they paid for.

Russell Smith says a puppy named Maggie stole his son and daughter-in-law's hearts. During their visit from California in December, they bought Maggie from Lee's store, Prince and Princess Pet Boutique. They put down $2,000 and took out a loan for the remaining $2,200.

"They saw the store, stopped, fell in love with a little female puppy and decided to buy her for breeding purposes," Smith said.

Smith's son says he agreed to pay off the loan, and then Lee would provide a registration number so he could get his American Kennel Club papers.

However, one month later, Gloria Lee would be accused of trying to set the store on fire with 27 dogs inside. Smith's son says he still needs those AKC papers.

"It is going to be a breeding dog and the pricing of the puppies is going be somewhere around $4,000 a pop and that was the whole reason of doing it," Smith said.

"AKC is merely a registry. It is a formal registry for pure-breed dogs," Carol White the president of the local American Kennel Club member club said, "If Gloria Lee is found guilty, she will never be able to register another litter or dog with AKC."

8 News NOW tried to confirm that Lee's AKC papers were legitimate but the club's headquarters in North Carolina was closed because of inclement weather.

In the meantime, customers like Smith's son may have to wait.

"He spent a lot of money to go into business with something that's not going be there," Smith said.

The Better Business Bureau told 8 News NOW it received complaints from customers of the store about contract issues; however, since the pet shop is out of business, there is not much it can do.

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