LAS VEGAS — The puppies involved in the pet shop arson case back in January are going to be raffled off.
Gloria Lee tried to burn down her pet shop, the Prince and Princess Puppy Boutique, on Jan. 27 in order to obtain insurance money. She enlisted the assistance of Kirk Bills, and surveillance footage shows kerosene being squirted on the cages that housed the puppies.
Fortunately all of the puppies survived and Lee and Bills were arrested.
Since that time there has been great interest in adopting the puppies who have been housed at the Lied Animal Shelter, an arm of the Animal Foundation.
Lee’s estranged husband Donald Thompson came forward and wanted ownership of the puppies so that he could donate them to Home 4 Spot who would then re-home the animals, but his request was denied.
Home 4 Spot even offered to pay the costs incurred by the Lied Animal Shelter to care for the pets since January.
It appears that the reason for the raffle is simply to make money because they know they have some choice dogs.
The Animal Foundation is going to raffle off the puppies involved in the pet shop arson case. Raffle tickets will be sold for $250 each beginning March 7. One week later the winning raffle tickets will be drawn.
Of course the Animal Foundation says that all the money they anticipate that they will make will be put back into the Animal Foundation, Las Vegas’ extremely high kill shelter.
Yorkie Terriers, for example, can command a price of $1,000.
There are many individuals and families in Las Vegas that could provide a great home to the animals and are willing to pay a substantial adoption fee but simply cannot risk putting up their money without a guarantee that they will obtain a dog.
The good news is that adorable puppies will eventually obtain their new forever homes.
It does seems unfair that the city shelter is capitalizing on the case to make money and limiting their raffle to people that are able to pluck down $250 per raffle ticket for a dog that they might not even get.