A county judge will enforce an injunction halting a Las Vegas puppy raffle scheduled for last Friday. The Animal Foundation had plans to auction off the 27 dogs, all rescued from a pet shop that was allegedly set on fire by the owner, Gloria Lee, in January, in order to raise money for the organization and place as many dogs in different homes as possible. The move to find the puppies adoptive homes has been put on hold indefinitely, however, after Lee's estranged husband and business partner, Donald Thompson, claimed custody of the dogs and filed a restraining order against the shelter.
Thompson has requested that the puppies be turned over to A Home 4 Spot, another local animal shelter, which reportedly has an exceptional track record of finding homes for adoptable dogs. The judge granting the injunction ordered Thompson to pay $8,000 to the Animal Foundation to maintain the restraining order, in order to cover the cost of the puppies' continued care.
Although Thompson's claim over the puppies eventually led to the hold on the raffle, animal welfare activists had already organized rallies to protest the Animal Foundation's adoption methods. Local activist Gina Griesen and her organization, Nevada Voters For Animals, pushed for an injunction last week, after describing the raffle as a "money grab" and calling on the shelter to cancel the event.