(Las Vegas, NV) — A woman accused of trying to set fire to her southwest valley pet store is due in court Monday.
Thirty-five-year-old Gloria Lee faces first-degree arson charges.
Clark County firefighters rescued 27 puppies after the blaze broke out last week at Prince and Princess Pet Boutique on South Rainbow Boulevard.
Battalion Chief John Steinbeck says the quick action of crews and a sprinkler system saved the dog’s lives.
Damage has been estimated at $100,000, and a motive is unclear.
A police report released Monday indicates surveillance video reviewed by investigators depicted Gloria Lee entering the business, removing bars from the back of the business and allowing a male co-conspirator into the building. The man is scene carrying gasoline cans into the establishment and splashing gas throughout the business, including the kennel area where the animals were housed. The police report says the man–identified as Kirk Bills–is seen on the video lighting a fire with newspapers. During this time, says the report, Lee was gathering business files to remove from the building.