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Shelter: 222 raffle entries collected to adopt pups in arson

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Six of the 25 puppies being raffled are seen in these undated images posted on the Animal Foundation's website. (Source: animalfoundation.com) Six of the 25 puppies being raffled are seen in these undated images posted on the Animal Foundation's website. (Source: animalfoundation.com)
Kirk Bills (left) and Gloria Lee listen to proceedings during hearings in Las Vegas courtrooms in these undated images. (File/FOX5) Kirk Bills (left) and Gloria Lee listen to proceedings during hearings in Las Vegas courtrooms in these undated images. (File/FOX5)
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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The Animal Foundation is expected to draw raffle tickets beginning Tuesday afternoon after a deadline to register for the adoption of 25 of the 27 puppies rescued from a pet shop passed.

Investigators have said 35-year-old Gloria Lee and 27-year-old Kirk Bills are seen on surveillance video, recorded Jan. 27, dousing the inside of the Prince and Princess Puppies and Boutique with gasoline before lighting it on fire.

The business' sprinkler system was able to put out the blaze, and firefighters were able to rescue the canines without any being seriously injured.

Both Lee and Bills have since been arrested.

Since the fire, the puppies have been housed at the Animal Foundation, but their future remained in limbo. After two months of legal questions, a decision was made to allow a raffle of all but two of the puppies to proceed.

That raffle started at 11 a.m. Sunday and ended at 11 a.m. Tuesday. People entered the raffle for $250 per ticket on the shelter's website

On Tuesday, the Animal Foundation said 222 entries registered for the adoptions.

The Animal Foundation said winners are expected to be drawn during the afternoon and evening Tuesday. The organization also expected to notify winners of the drawing no later than 7 p.m. Wednesday.

After being picked, winners must undergo a screening process to ensure the puppies are placed in a good home, officials said. If the winner passes the home check, a dog-to-dog introduction will be made.

Prospective owners must show they can afford food, grooming and unforeseen medical expenses for the dogs.

The computer picked alternate raffle winners in case it is determined a family isn't a good fit for a dog.

Anyone who purchased a raffle ticket but didn't win can use his or her receipt to adopt one of the roughly 300 other animals up for adoption at the Animal Foundation.

Pictures of the puppies up for adoption were placed on the Animal Foundation's website. All of them are less than a year old, and breeds include Maltese, Yorkshire terrier, shih tzu, French bulldog, pug, dachshund, Chihuahua, beagle and miniature schnauzer.

In a mediated agreement that was reached Friday, the Animal Foundation will work with A Home 4 Spot, an animal foster group, to conduct screenings of the potential new owners.

The two remaining dogs will be placed with A Home 4 Spot to find them suitable homes.

As for Lee and Bills, both have pleaded not guilty and are being held at the Clark County Detention Center.

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