(LAS VEGAS, KXNT, ASSOCIATEDPRESS)–A pet shop co-owner is suing to stop a raffle of the 27 puppies rescued from a Las Vegas business that authorities say a woman and a man tried to torch.
Attorney Jacob Hafter has obtained a court order blocking Clark County and the non-profit Animal Foundation from taking the dogs from Prince and Princess pet store managing owner Donald Thompson. The complaint lists six violations of the law ranging from open meetings law violations to unconstitutional taking of property.
“Mr. Thompson tried to make a claim for the puppies back in early February, but because there was an administrative hold on the puppies, Mr. Thompson was ignored and we have an email to that effect,” claims Hafter.
Thompson wants to turn the dogs over to a different nonprofit animal rescue group.
With store co-owner Gloria Lee in jail, the Clark County Commission this week rejected Thompson’s ownership claim.
” I think there is a concern that perhaps they are associating Mr. Thompson with Ms. Lee and what she did and they have made a judgement that they don’t deserve to have the puppies. The reality is that doesn’t comport with the Constitution of the United States and the state of Nevada. It’s still an illegal taking, ” states Hafter.
Lee and accused arson co-conspirator Kirk Bills are accused of trying to set the store afire early Jan. 27.
District Judge Kenneth Cory will conduct a hearing Tuesday.
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