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Las Vegas Pet Store Owner Accused of Arson with Puppies Inside

The owner of a Las Vegas pet store is accused of intentionally setting her store on fire with dozens of puppies still inside. The Humane Society of the United States encourages authorities to pursue the strongest possible criminal charges against the owner. The incident reportedly occurred at the Prince And Princess Puppy Boutique on Rainbow Boulevard in Las Vegas on January 27. Holly Haley, Nevada state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement:

"We commend the firefighters who swiftly responded and saved the 27 puppies inside. This is a frightening reminder that animals in the pet trade need the strongest protections possible, and should not be treated as disposable inventory. Puppies sold in pet stores often come from large-scale mass-breeding facilities known as puppy mills, where they are denied veterinary care, companionship, exercise, and socialization -- and sometimes, as in this case, are even subjected to malicious cruelty. The HSUS recommends adopting from an animal shelter or rescue group, or only buying a puppy from a responsible breeder.”

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