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Shelter to raffle puppies rescued from pet shop fire

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Pug puppies look out from a kennel at the Animal Foundation Campus, 655 N. Mojave Road, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. The puppies were rescued during a fire at the Prince and Princess Pet Shop on Jan. 27.

Rescued Puppies

Yorkshire terrier puppies look out from a kennel at the Animal Foundation Campus, 655 N. Mojave Road, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. The puppies were rescued during a fire at the Prince and Princess Pet Shop on Jan. 27. Launch slideshow »
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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.

Twenty-seven puppies rescued from a burning pet store in January will get new homes later this month after Clark County commissioners today approved a plan to adopt them out through a raffle.

The puppies have been cared for by the Animal Foundation since they were rescued from the fire Jan. 27 at the Prince and Princess Pet Shop.

The county notified the owners of the pet shop last week that they had 72 hours to claim possession of the impounded dogs.

Gloria Lee, one of the pet shop’s owners, is in jail and faces an arson charge related to the fire.

Lee’s estranged husband, Donald Thompson, who held a minority interest in the shop, appeared Tuesday in an attempt to claim the dogs and give them to A Home 4 Spot, a non-profit animal rescue in Las Vegas.

But Thompson failed to meet the deadline to claim the dogs, county staff told commissioners at today's board meeting.

As a result, the dogs will be placed in homes through an online raffle, with tickets going on sale for $250 on Friday. Winners will be selected March 14.

Raffle winners must meet all requirements for a standard pet adoption, and puppies will be limited to one per household.

Ticket holders who do not win one of the dogs from the pet store fire will be able to adopt another animal from the Animal Foundation.

Funds from the raffle will be used to help pay for operating costs and care for other animals at the non-profit foundation.

More information about the raffle can be found on the Animal Foundation’s website.

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