(Ocean City, Del) - The Ocean City Police Department Animal Control Unit recently rescued a young puppy that had been stolen from its foster home in West Virginia.

Animal Control Officers began an investigation into a stolen puppy after being contacted by an animal shelter in Jefferson County, WV. Shelter staff told Animal Control Officers that a female suspect had stolen the dog, known as Foxie, from a foster home in WV that was caring for the dog temporarily. It was learned that the suspect was on her way to the Ocean City area with the puppy.

After a thorough investigation with assistance from Worcester County Sheriff's Office, Animal Control Officers discovered where the suspect was staying and located her and the dog at a home in Ocean Pines. Animal Control Officers deemed the home and the suspect unsuitable for a pet and took the dog into their custody. The female suspect has theft charges pending out of West Virginia.

A local family who learned of this story is currently working with the West Virginia animal hospital to adopt Foxie.