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Rescued Puppies Could be Up for Adoption Soon

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District Attorney Steve Wolfson District Attorney Steve Wolfson

LAS VEGAS -- The puppies rescued from a pet store fire more than a month ago could soon be up for adoption.

The owners of Prince & Princess Pet Shop must assert their right to claim the 27 dogs within 72 hours, according to a news release from the Clark County District Attorney's Office.

Owner, Gloria Lee, and her friend Kirk Bills are accused of attempting to set the store on fire with the puppies inside. Lee and Bills are both in jail on $310,000 bail each. They are accused of arson, burglary and attempted animal abuse. The other owner of the pet store is listed as Donald Thompson. A letter was posted on the business Thursday alerting the owners to the 72-hour rule.

If neither owner makes a claim, the puppies will be considered abandoned and available for adoption. According to the district attorney's office, initial attempts to locate any potential owners of the puppies proved unsuccessful.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at the Animal Foundation for the wonderful care they have provided these puppies during the past month – including giving every puppy the various vaccinations they need to stay healthy," District Attorney Steve Wolfson said. "While I know the puppies are safe and well-cared for at the shelter, I think we can all agree that the shelter is not an ideal long-term home for them."

In a statement released by the Animal Foundation, it says the foundation does not have legal ownership of the puppies yet and once it does, an announcement will be made regarding the adoption process.

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