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Ex-Pet Shop Owner Will Serve Time In Prison For Torching Her Business With Puppies Inside

| by Lisa Fogarty
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A former pet shop owner from Las Vegas was reportedly sentenced to five to 14 years in prison for setting her shop on fire while 27 puppies and dogs were trapped inside. 

Gloria Eun Hye Lee, 36, reportedly attempted to convince Clark County District Court Judge David Barker to reduce her sentence because she was three months pregnant, but she was still given nearly the maximum penalty for her crime, reports the Huffington Post

Barker accused Lee of using her pregnancy to manipulate the court.

Lee reportedly said the father of her child was her estranged husband, whom she once tried to blame for the January 2014 fire at the Prince and Princess Pet Shop, reports Yahoo! News

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The woman reportedly pleaded guilty in October 2014 to arson, insurance fraud, and attempted animal cruelty charges after a surveillance video showed her taking files from an office in the shop while her reported accomplice, Kirk Bills, poured liquid on the floor around the animal cages and set the shop on fire.

Lee agreed to a plea deal that made it possible for 28 other charges to be dropped from her case. 

Bills, meanwhile, will reportedly be sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty to arson and attempted animal cruelty charges. 

None of the animals trapped in the shop were fatally injured in the fire. Ceiling fire sprinklers reportedly doused the flames as rescue teams arrived at the scene.

Of the animals involved in the incident, 25 puppies were reportedly auctioned off for $250 each in March 2014 to benefit local Lied Animal Shelter and two dogs found homes, thanks to a rescue group called A Home 4 Spot. 

Sources: Huffington Post, Yahoo! News/Photo Credit: AP Photo/Clark County Fire Department, Instagram