Arsonist sets store fire with 27 pups inside

LAS VEGAS (NBC/KSNV) — Prosecutors say the owner of a Las Vegas puppy boutique and another man doused the store with an accelerant and lit it on fire – and they have security video to prove it.

Luckily, the sprinkler system kicked on, saving the lives of more than two dozen puppies.

Crews rescued 27 dogs from the Prince and Princess pet shop after prosecutors say two people tried to burn the business down with the dogs trapped inside.

Eight surveillance cameras rolling inside the store captured the crime from different angles.

Just before 1 a.m. Jan. 27, you see a woman enter through the front door. Prosecutors say that’s owner Gloria Lee.

The woman heads to a back door, where she lets a second person in. A hooded man carries what appears to be two red gasoline cans.

Investigators believe that second person is Kirk Bills.

The video shows the person splashing liquid over the display cases and on the cages where the puppies can be seen moving about.

He then returns to the back of the store, picks up the gasoline cans one at a time, and pours the contents around the store.

Prosecutors say Lee was collecting files from an office area in the meantime.

She speaks briefly with the man, packs up the gasoline cans, picks up her files, and leaves through the front door.

That’s when the man in the video is seen rolling up newspaper, lighting it, and touching it to the flammable liquid.

Flames spread throughout the store and toward the dogs themselves. You can see them backing away from the front of their cages.

The man then lights a stack of newspapers on fire as he leaves through the back door.

Fortunately, the sprinkler system worked — kicking in just in time to save all of the puppies and preserving the eight cameras and the video for prosecutors.

Lee and Bills are both expected back in court Wednesday. They each face 31 counts, including arson and attempt animal cruelty. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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