Woman Spends $35,000 To Find Lost Dog
A Washington D.C. woman has been in headlines for a year after spending an exorbitant amount of money and hiring psychics and private investigators to find her lost dog. All attempts have failed.
Lost dog stories tend to bring out the best — or the worst — in humanity.
Such has been the case for Janet Mihalyfi of Georgetown.
Mihalyfi lost her 5-year-old, black-and-brown dog, Havoc, a year ago and has received an onslaught of media attention — and comments — for spending $35,000 in her efforts, including blanketing neighborhoods with signs and hiring four psychics and private eye dog investigators, to try to find her pooch.
Sunday, Nov. 9, marked the one-year anniversary of Havoc’s disappearance.
In case you’ve missed the background: Mihalyfi went on a run with Havoc and his canine sister Raze in the Dalecarlia Reservoir and let the dogs off their leashes — “something she did often,” according to one recent story in Washingtonian magazine — to get a drink at a stream.
When deer came nearby, the dogs took off. Raze came back, Havoc didn’t.
In a chat on Monday as she drove to her job as an information technology director at a consulting firm, Mihalyfi shared her latest efforts in trying to find Havoc, a rescue Lab/rottweiler mix she adopted in 2009.
She is quick to defend her efforts — and the money — that she’s spent on trying to find her dog.
The recent Washingtonian article on the dog search ran this headline: “This May Be the Most Extreme Lost Dog Search Ever.”
Another headline, in Bethesda Now, read: “Some Complain D.C. Woman’s Search for Missing Dog Has Gone Too Far.”
“I try and not talk about that,” she said of the expensive search effort. Although she said that previous media reports of the $35,000 were “roughly accurate.” Mihalyfi said the money has gone to pay for cameras, trackers, signs, 20 staple guns and putting out dog food, hot dogs and beef at spots where Havoc has reportedly been spotted.
“I love him,” Mihalfyi answered. “Who would give up on their dog? People spend their money all kinds of ways. I don’t take fancy vacations. I don’t drive fancy cars.” (Note: Yes, we asked — she was driving a 2013 Ford Fusion with 14,000 miles.)
This story is the epitome of caucasity, is it ever that serious to find a missing pet?!?!