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2nd suspect in pet shop fire back in Las Vegas to face charges

Kirk Bills

Kirk Bills

The man charged as a co-conspirator in an alleged arson fire last month at a Las Vegas pet shop is back in Nevada and behind bars in the Clark County Detention Center.

Kirk Bills, 27, was booked into the detention center shortly before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to jail records.

The FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Bills on Feb. 7 in Crown Point, Ind., southeast of Chicago. His return to Las Vegas came after he waived extradition.

Authorities say Bills is the co-conspirator in the Jan. 27 fire at the Prince and Princess Pet Shop at 6870 S. Rainbow Boulevard. Twenty-seven puppies locked inside the shop were rescued by responding firefighters.

Bills is charged in Las Vegas Township Justice Court with first-degree arson, conspiracy to commit arson, 27 counts of attempted cruelty to animals, conspiracy to commit burglary and burglary. He is due in court Friday.

Gloria Lee, 35, owner of the pet shop, was indicted last week on the same charges and is due in Clark County District Court for a hearing Monday. Lee remains in the Clark County Detention Center, where her bail is $310,000.

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