She spent $35,000 searching for her lost dog
A woman has spent more than $35,000 to find her missing dog. The search has lasted more than a year.
Janet Mihalyfi, 39, lives in the Georgetown section of Washington. She has hired psychics and private investigators. She has posted thousands of fliers. She has installed cameras in the woods. And she has put out dog food at spots where her Rottweiler mix has reportedly been spotted.
Mihalyfi lost 5-year-old Havoc on Nov. 9, 2013. That was after she took him and her other dog off their leashes in a wooded area. Just then, a deer bolted by. Both dogs gave chase.
She hasn't seen Havoc since.
"Anybody that has a pet knows that they are a family member," Mihalyfi said. "I love him as I would anybody that I'm close with. I can't give up on him."
Mihalyfi is an information technology director at a Washington consulting firm. She said she has devoted every weekend to the search. She described it as exhausting and depressing.
Mihalyfi still hopes to find Havoc. The dog has an implanted identifying microchip. Mihalyfi is constantly boosted by tips from people. She estimates that about 30 to 40 percent of the tips have been accurate. She believes Havoc is spending his days in two wooded parks. But the parks are thousands of square miles large.
The dog owner also has received some criticism. Some feel she has spent too much money searching for the dog.
"I know people are in shock by the number," she said.
She said she can't imagine a better way to spend her money. After all, she wants to get a member of her family back.