She didn't care. That's how employees of a local pet store characterized the owner, who is accused of setting her business on fire with animals trapped inside.
Those employees will be in court on Wednesday morning when Gloria Lee faces a judge for a fire at Prince and Princess Puppies and Boutique that endangered 27 puppies. They said they sensed something was wrong with Lee prior to the fire.
Employees told FOX5 that Lee didn't want to receive any more shipments of dogs, and that the store's phone line and website went down the day before the fire.
Employee Alondra Carral said Lee seemed unconcerned the day after the fire.
"It hurt. It really hurt because I didn't think anyone would have a heart to do that. It's not like it's a stranger, it's the owner of these dogs," Carral said.
Fire investigators on Monday said surveillance video from the store captured Lee and a man setting the store on fire. Police are currently looking for a man named Kirk Bills in connection with the fire, calling him a person of interest.
According to Lee's arrest report, Bills was captured on camera, pouring gasoline around the store and igniting newspapers.
"They stuffed newspapers under the kennels. It really did happen. I was shocked," employee Briana Sciosia said.
Store manager Taylor Hall said she wasn't surprised by Lee's arrest, claiming she showed signs of carelessness prior to the fire.
"She didn't even buy them food when I told her we were out of food. I had to go out of my way and spend money for food for the dogs," Hall said.
While employees said they are upset about losing their jobs and the fact that they haven't been paid in weeks, they said they're primarily concerned with the puppies.
"I have no remorse. I really think she should be put away. Give her [any] charge possible, because it hurts," Carral said.
The puppies are being housed at the Lied Animal Shelter for now.
FOX5 on Tuesday obtained court records showing Lee was charged in 2008 for failing to provide care for animals, and failing to vaccinate them. That case was later dismissed when Lee provided the necessary paperwork.
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