A Las Vegas pet shop owner pleaded not guilty to setting fire to her store, where firefighters rescued 27 puppies. Luckily, all puppies were rescued alive and unharmed.
Gloria Eun Hye Lee, the pet shop owner, entered her plea Monday in state court to 31 felony and misdemeanor charges.
In another courtroom, a judge scheduled a March 10 preliminary hearing for co-defendant Kirk Bills on the same charges including arson, conspiracy, burglary, and attempted animal cruelty.
Authorities say both Lee and Bills are seen on security video footage setting the Jan. 27 fire at Lee’s Prince and Princess pet store. According to police, Lee can be seen letting Bills into the store, then Bills set the pet shop on fire as Lee removed the files.
Bills fled the state after the fire. Bills was originally arrested on Feb. 7 in Crown Point, Ind., and was later returned to Las Vegas. No bail was set for Bills as his attorney asked for time to submit a written request. A new bail hearing was set for 8:30a.m. Feb. 7 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. March 10.
Lee is being held on $310,000 bail.
Both cases are expedited to be consolidated before Lee’s trail, scheduled for July.