Judge extends ban on Vegas arson case puppy raffle

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Updated: 3/11/2014 4:18 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge is extending a temporary ban on a plan to raffle 27 puppies rescued from a Las Vegas pet shop fire, at least until he hears testimony from a man who claims store ownership and property rights.

Clark County District Court Judge Kenneth Cory on Tuesday set a March 19 hearing, and left the animals for now at the Lied (LEED') Animal Shelter and its owner, The Animal Foundation.

The judge says Clark County and the foundation should try to settle a civil lawsuit filed by Prince and Princess pet store managing owner Donald Thompson.

The two sides differ on who should choose new homes for the dogs rescued from the Jan. 27 fire.

Authorities allege the fire was arson, set by Thompson's estranged wife and another man.

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