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Raffle of survivor puppies protested in Vegas

27 puppies saved from pet shop fire will be offered as prizes in adoption auction.
27 puppies saved from pet shop fire will be offered as prizes in adoption auction.
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Animal rights groups, including Nevada Voters for Animals and No Kill Las Vegas have voiced their outrage over a planned raffle for 27 puppy survivors of a deliberately set fire at the Prince and Princess Boutique scheduled by The Animal Foundation.

The Foundation said that it is intending to sell the tickets at $250 each “so the public can have a chance to adopt the dogs in a drawing, and also give a fair shot to all interested in taking them home.” However, others accuse them of “choosing profits over puppies.”

The Animal Foundation is planning to show the puppies on Zappos so the public can “meet” them prior to the raffle.

"We believe it's against the law, we believe it's against county code," said Gina Greisen with Nevada Voters for Animals. "They are not a commodity, these are puppies."

"I don't know that the critics can be satisfied," said The Animal Foundation spokesperson Andy Bischell. "We're just trying to do the best we can with the resources we have and to maximize the opportunities we have to extend our programs and services."

Although a Clark County official noted that the raffle is legal, protesters plan to rally outside the Regional Justice Center for the second time this afternoon at 4 pm.

To learn more about the pet shop fire see http://www.examiner.com/article/fbi-arrests-pair-for-torching-las-vegas-...