Trial date set for woman accused of puppy store arson

LAS VEGAS -- A District Court judge has set a trial date for the woman accused of trying to burn down her puppy story with dogs still inside.

Gloria Lee and the man accused of helping her with arson, Kirk Bills, are set to go to trial October 6. They are both facing charges of arson, attempted cruelty to animals and insurance fraud.

Lee and Bills are accused of trying to burn down the Prince and Princess Pet Boutique in January. The store's sprinkler system turned on saving the animals from the fire. Police say surveillance video shows the two walking through the store before the fire starts and they say it shows Bills pouring something around the cages before the fire starts.

During Friday's hearing, the judge denied a request by the defense to consolidate the 27 counts, which is one for each puppy that was in the store a the time, filed against them into one.

Lee is out on bail, while Bills remains in custody.

The rescued puppies were eventually adopted out to people in the community.


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