LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) --
The Clark County district attorney has determined that the puppy shop owner allegedly involved in last month's arson fire co-owns the 27 dogs that were rescued from the Jan. 27 incident.
The district attorney’s office delivered a letter Thursday afternoon to the owners of the Prince & Princess Pet Shop, giving them 72 hours to assert a right to claim the puppies.
The owners are Gloria Lee, who faces more than 30 charges in the case, and Donald Thompson. The letter indicated a Maryland Parkway address for Thompson.
The puppies have been housed at the Lied Animal Shelter local animal shelter for the past month.
If neither owner asserts their ownership rights, the puppies will be turned over to the Animal Foundation under county policy for abandoned animals. Under this scenario, the foundation would be able to find homes for all 27 puppies, just as it does for more than 10,000 dogs and cats every year. How the Animal Foundation will accomplish this would be announced after the Foundation secures legal ownership of the puppies.
If either of them assert ownership rights, then there would be a review of the claimant’s ability to properly and legally take possession of the puppies.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at the Animal Foundation for the wonderful care they have provided these puppies during the past month – including giving every puppy the various vaccinations they need to stay healthy,” District Attorney Steve Wolfson said in a news release. “While I know the puppies are safe and well-cared for at the shelter, I think we can all agree that the shelter is not an ideal long-term home for them.
“I am confident that we are moving in the right direction at this time,” Wolfson added. “And I am pleased that the action taken by my office brings every one of these puppies closer to moving out of the shelter and into a permanent loving home.”
Dan Kulin of the Clark County communications office said in an email today that if one of the owners picked up the 27 puppies today the cost would probably be more than $10,000.
"If we get to Sunday night (when the 72 hours expires) with no known claims, we will wait until Monday morning to make sure that none came at the last minute," Kulin wrote "If that happens we will turn over the puppies to the Animal Foundation. The earliest this could happen is sometime Monday.
"If Lee formally relinquishes her claim to the puppies, we will still wait until the 72 hours expires to see if anyone else responds," Kulin wrote.