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Judge sets bail for pet shop owner accused of arson at $310,000

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Gloria Lee, accused of arson and animal cruelty in connection with a fire at her pet store, Prince and Princess Pet Boutique, appears in court Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.

Gloria Lee Pet Store Fire

Gloria Lee, accused of arson and animal cruelty in connection with a fire at her pet store, Prince and Princess Pet Boutique, appears in court Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Launch slideshow »

A Las Vegas business owner accused of arranging a fire at her pet shop must post $310,000 bail to go back on house arrest.

In setting bail at a hearing this morning in Las Vegas Township Justice Court, Judge Janiece Marshall told Gloria Lee, 35, the Nevada Legislature has made cruelty to animals a serious crime.

Lee, owner of the Prince and Princesses Pet Shop at 6870 S. Rainbow Boulevard, is accused of helping set her shop ablaze on the morning of Jan. 27, endangering the lives of the 27 puppies locked inside. Lee is charged with first-degree arson, conspiracy to commit arson, 27 counts of attempted cruelty to animals, conspiracy to commit burglary and burglary.

Absent posting the bail and returning to house arrest, Lee would be incarcerated in the Clark County Detention Center.

Her alleged co-conspirator, Kirk Bills is also charged in the case but has yet to be apprehended. Bills faces the same charges as Lee.

Lee will be back in court on Tuesday. She also faces a Feb. 24 preliminary hearing, although prosecutors indicated earlier this week they’d be presenting the case to a Clark County grand jury.

As occurred earlier this week, animal rights activists showed up at the Regional Justice Center to protest against Lee.

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