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Pet Store Owner Pleads Guilty In Fire

A former pet shop owner Monday pled guilty to felony arson and insurance fraud in the case of  a fire at a Las Vegas pet shop where 27 puppies and dogs were rescued by firefighters in January. Court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price says Gloria Lee also pled guilty in Clark County District Court to one charge of attempted cruelty to animals.  Twenty-eight other charges against Lee were dropped.

Lee was accused of trying to collect a $3,500 insurance claim for losses from the Jan. 27 fire at her Prince and Princess pet shop in southwest Las Vegas.  Store security video shows Lee and a man who prosecutors identify as co-defendant Kirk Bills setting the fire. Sprinklers quickly doused the flames. Bills is due for trial next month. The rescued animals were auctioned off by the Animal Foundation.
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