to find homes for the 27 puppies that were saved from the arson fire
at the store where they were housed when the store owner was captured
on camera and told the Animal Foundation to go ahead with the plan.
At Tuesday’s meeting, The Animal Foundation outlined its plan to the
commission saying that the shelter will start selling $250 raffle
tickets — for a chance to pick one of the puppies — online on Friday.
They will then draw names of the would-be owners for the puppies from
that pool of people the following Friday, March 14, allowing only one
pet per household.
If a raffle ticket-holder doesn’t get one of the 27 puppies, the
ticket will allow them to pick another animal from the shelter.
The owner of the store, Gloria Lee’s estranged husband, Donald
Thompson,was at the meeting and wanted ownership of the dogs so he
could donate them to Home 4 Spot, a non-profit animal rescue. The
county commission did not give him ownership, which upset some animal
“We are so disappointed this has obviously turned into a political
football. These puppies are not a political football,” stated Nevada
Voters for Animals.
The animals were rescued from a pet store after a fire was started at
the store. Lee has been indicted in connection with the fire.
Another man, Kirk Bills, also faces charges in connection with the
crime and is now at the Clark county detention Center on a $330,000
bail imposed by Justice Court Judge Janiece Marshall.
All the potential owners will be screened. The money raised in the
raffle will go back to the Animal Foundation and will be used to pay
for services for other animals.
“The raffle fees will leave a legacy for pets who need extra medical
attention and much more time to find forever homes,” Christine
Robinson, the executive director for the Animal Foundation, told the