The controversial Las Vegas arson puppies auction began Sunday morning at 11 a.m. and will continue through Tuesday, March 25 at 11 a.m.
Those arson puppies as the have been come to be known were nearly killed in an intentional fire that was set Jan. 27 at the Prince and Princess Puppy Boutique in Las Vegas by owner Gloria Lee and accomplice Kirk Bills.
After they were rescued the arson puppies was placed in the custody of the Animal Foundation, Las Vegas’ high-kill animal shelter . The shelter has has been criticized throughout the years for not only their high kill rate, but also for conditions at the shelter and many believe that the Animal Foundation’s interest in the arson puppies is solely money motivated.
The Animal Foundation has planned a “lottery” for the animals that was supposed to take place earlier in the month. Gloria Lee’s estranged husband Donald Thompson wanted the arson puppies placed in the custody of A Home for Spot, a local animal rescue that he felt confident had the animals best interests at heart.
A court battle ensued and the arson puppies remained in the custody of the Animal Foundation for the past two months. A number of the puppies have fallen ill while in their care.
At the latest court appearance earlier in the week a judge ordered both sides to reach an agreement within 45 days and within days both sides reached an agreement.
The 25 puppies will, in essence, be raffled off. Those interested in adopting a puppy will have to complete an adoption application and pay $250 for a drawing entry. The entry does not guarantee that the person who purchased the entry will receive one of the arson puppies. They simply have a chance of being selected.
Since A Home for Spot is now included in the administration of the “raffle” animal advocates, while still upset, are hopeful that there will be more oversight over the Animal Foundation and the arson puppies will be placed with suitable forever homes.
Those interested in adopting one of the arson puppies can visit the Animal Foundation website for more information.