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Judge temporarily halts raffle of ‘Arson Puppies’

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A French bulldog puppy looks out from a kennel at the Animal Foundation Campus, 655 N. Mojave Road, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. The dog was among 27 puppies rescued during a fire at the Prince and Princess Pet Shop on Jan. 27.

Updated Friday, March 7, 2014 | 1:34 p.m.

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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 »

A judge has granted a temporary order stopping a raffle of the 27 puppies rescued from a Las Vegas business that authorities say a woman and a man tried to torch.

The order issued Friday blocks Clark County and the non-profit Animal Foundation from taking the dogs from Prince and Princess pet store managing owner Donald Thompson at least until a hearing on Tuesday.

Attorney Jacob Hafter alleges officials conspired to steal the puppies from Thompson and sell them for money.

Thompson wants the dogs to go to a different nonprofit group.

With store co-owner Gloria Lee in jail, the Clark County Commission rejected Thompson's ownership claim.

Lee and accused arson co-conspirator Kirk Bills are accused of trying to set the store afire early Jan. 27 for the insurance money.

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