LAS VEGAS — The Vegas puppies at the center of the arson case are still being held by the Animal Foundation.
The Vegas puppies received national attention after Gloria Lee, the owner of the Prince and Princess Puppy Boutique, attempted to burn down the pet store with the pets still in it and enlisted the assistance of aspiring MMA fighter Kirk Bills.
Fortunately the Jan. 27 blaze was quickly extinguished and the puppies were unharmed.
Lee and Bills have since been arrested.
The adorable Vegas puppies were placed in the custody of the Animal Foundation and residents expressed interest in adopting them. The Animal Foundation, which runs a high-kill shelter in Las Vegas, decided that they would hold a lottery to award the dogs to adopters.
The lottery has been widely viewed unfavorably as an attempt to raise money without really caring about the well being of the puppies.
Donald Thompson, the estranged husband of Lee, came forward and said that he wanted custody of the Vegas puppies so that he could turn the puppies over to the Home 4 Spot organization who would find the puppies loving homes.
The Animal Foundation balked and said they were out $8,000. The matter went to court and Thompson put up the $8,000.
At Wednesday’s court hearing the judge ordered both sides not to speak with the media and instructed them to reach a settlement. He gave them 45 days to hammer out an agreement.
The Vegas puppies have been kept by the Animal Foundation for almost two months and it is reported that a number of the dogs have come down with respiratory ailments. This concerns animal activists and residents alike who fear that the Vegas puppies health will further decline the longer they are kept at the Animal Foundation.