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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are searching for a man they say stole 10 puppies from a home then tried to sell them on Facebook, but the owners were hot on his trail.

Melissa Moore and B.J. Fulmore came home Sunday morning to find their house ransacked, TVs and gaming systems missing and 10 of their 12 puppies stolen.

“When I found out they were gone, my heart dropped,” Moore said.

Moore feared the three-week-old puppies, still too young to be away from their mother, could die in the wrong hands.

“I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t really focus all too well,” Moore said. “All I could do was lay in the bed and just think, ‘Oh, God.'”

“It’s a feeling that is undescribable, but it’s close to where as a parent, losing like a newborn child,” Fulmore said.

That morning, Moore and Fulmore stumbled upon something suspicious.

Moore went on Facebook and found an ad posted for blue nose pit puppies for sale.

“I hit him up on somebody else’s profile, and he responded really quick to selling these dogs for $200 and $300 a piece,” she said.

Moore met up with Michael Hines, 23, at Walmart. When Moore saw the pups, she knew right away they were hers. While a friend distracted Hines, Moore grabbed the puppies and left.

Now all 10 puppies are back with their mom, brothers and sisters and human companions.

“They make me happy,” Moore said. “They bring me life.”

Fulmore said, “They’re everything to me.”

Hines is charged with breaking and entering and larceny of a canine.

Anyone with information on where he might be is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department.

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7 Comments on "Police looking for man wanted for stealing puppies"

2015 years 10 months ago

man that will steal your dog will steal and murder your kids, not good to let a creep like this run free

2015 years 10 months ago

SO glad to hear you got those babies back with their mom.People do stupid things.You were lucky he was dumb enough to try to sell them on Facebook and lucky to get them back safe and healthy.I know you are happy and so is the momma dog.

2015 years 10 months ago

You need to mind your own business. This person has every right to breed their dog. Why dont you consider getting spayed or neutered. We could use a few less of you.

2015 years 10 months ago

While I am thrilled that the puppies are now safe, please consider spaying your dog. Not only do we have an overabundance of animals needing homes, with an average of more than 200,000 put down each year in NC alone, but MANY are unwanted Pitbulls. Now, thx to you, we have 12 more. Even if you have homes for these, more than likely 12 less homeless dogs will ever find a home. People need to adopt the homeless, not create more!

2015 years 10 months ago

Maybe we should be asking that for little village idiots that have to steal they be neutered & spayed! The relevance of the comment about the over abundance of animals …. Stupid.

He knew what he was taking when he stole these puppies, too bad there wasn’t a piece of blue steel waiting to hit him between the eyes!

2015 years 10 months ago

@ Johnny THANK YOU! Well said

2015 years 10 months ago

not necessarily, not if those dogs will eventually wind up in rescue or animal shelters, and being they are pit bull breeds, the chances are even better that is a highly likely chance., now, if the breeders could prove they can be financially liable for those dogs, including proper vet care, suitable homes for the life of those pups, then by all means, breed all the pups your heart desires., but since most people can not even be responsible parents, then it is very unlikely they will be for their pets either, kids and pets deserve a good life.


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