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Additional Charges Filed in Las Vegas Pet Shop Fire

Gloria Lee, 35, owner of the Prince and Princesses Pet Shop, is accused of helping set her shop ablaze on the morning of Jan. 27, endangering the lives of the 27 puppies locked inside, reports the Las Vegas Sun.

Lee, who was arrested last week, appeared this morning in Las Vegas Justice Court on a new criminal complaint charging her with first-degree arson, conspiracy to commit arson, 27 counts of felony attempted animal abuse, conspiracy to commit burglary and burglary.

During the hearing today before Judge Joseph Sciscento, prosecutors also announced charges against Kirk Bills, the man accused of setting the fire. Bills faces the same charges as Lee.

Bills is not in custody, and Sciscento approved a warrant for his arrest.

If convicted on all charges, the two could up to 140 years in prison and/or jail, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

District Attorney Steve Wolfson watched the hearing as a prosecutor from his office told the court a grand jury would consider the case.

Outside the Regional Justice Center, about 15 people led by members of the Nevada Political Action For Animals group protested, demanding justice for the puppies.

A collection of people held signs that said “Animal Cruelty is a Crime” and displayed photos of pets.

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