Rescued dogs to be raffled by Vegas shelter group

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — County officials have decided to let an animal shelter organization hold a raffle fundraiser to find homes for 27 puppies rescued in a Las Vegas pet shop arson case.

The Clark County Commission on Tuesday rejected an ownership claim by Prince and Princess pet shop co-owner Donald Thompson.

Commissioners decided the puppies should go to Lied (LEED') Animal Shelter owner the Animal Foundation.

Thompson had wanted the puppies to go to another non-profit animal rescue group, Home 4 Spot.

His lawyer, Amy Chelini, says Thompson won't fight the decision. Chelini says Thompson wants what's best for the animals.

Thompson is the estranged husband of pet store owner Gloria Lee.

Lee and another man, Kirk Bills, face arson, conspiracy and multiple attempted animal cruelty charges in the early Jan. 27 fire.

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