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Puppies Up For Raffle After Pet Store Accused Of Trying To Burn Down Store

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A Las Vegas pet store owner is accused of trying to burn down her store with dozens of puppies inside. Now, the Animal Foundation is trying to find new homes for the pups, they want to raffle off the dogs.

As FOX's Azenith Smith reports, not everyone is thrilled about the idea.

Animal lovers are not pleased with the Animal Foundation's decision to raffle off 27 puppies that survived after authorities say owner Gloria Lee tried to burn down The Prince & Princess Puppies Boutique.

The business' sprinkler system was able to put out the blaze, and firefighters were able to rescue the canines without any being seriously injured.

"I'm disappointed. I can't believe that they would think that raffling dogs are in the best interest," said Rebecca Anderson from A Home 4 Spot.

"We are so disappointed. This has obviously turned into a political football. These puppies are now a political football," said Gina Greisen from Nevada Voters for Animals.

Animal Activists pushing the dogs go to rescue group called A Home 4 Spot at today's Clark County Commission Meeting.

Lee's estranged husband Donald Thompson is also backing the proposal saying he got the run-around from the county.

"I'm sure it's recorded that I called them... I left the message... They told me to call animal control to get the dogs released to me," Thompson said.

In the end, the county says, Thompson couldn't provide sufficient documentation he legally owned the puppies.

The Animal Foundation deciding anyone interested in the rescued puppies will have a chance to adopt one in a week-long raffle.

Christine Robinson from The Animal Foundation says this raffle has checks and balances in place. Including in-person interviews to ensure these puppies go to good forever homes.

"We did think that it was the fairest way to allow everybody equal opportunity to have access to the animals that the community very much seems to want," Robinson said. "We will make sure the right dogs end up with the right families under our process that proved to work tens of thousands of times in the past."

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