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Newport woman hires Pet Detective to find missing dog

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NEWPORT, N.C. -

How far would you go to find your missing pet?
     
When posting fliers and searching the local animal shelters aren't enough, some people actually turn to the pros.
     
Pet detectives really exist. And one Newport woman is using one to find her dog.

Jordina Ghiggeri is a canine handler for Lost Pet Professionals, otherwise known as a pet detective.

"It started with me. I lost my dog. And I kind of didn't have the resources or the knowledge out there to go about what I need to do to get him home," said Jordina Ghiggeri, Pet Detective.

Soon she was part of the nationally-recognized team that's helped dozens of pet owners get their furry friends back.

On Thursday, Ghiggeri made the trek from New Jersey to Newport, with four of her own four-legged companions, to find a missing dog.

4 year old Tyra, named after Tyra Banks, went missing from her home Sunday morning. She quickly became family to her owner, Michelle Emick, who's been worried sick

"She has a medical condition," said Michelle Emick, who lost her dog. "She can't drink water so it's a really serious issue because of the heat."

Tyra's been known to wander the 5 acres of woods around the house from time to time, but Emick said she always comes back. She's put up fliers, offered rewards, contacted police, but she keeps hitting dead ends.

"We have done anything and everything we could possibly think of and this is really our last resort," said Emick.

Enter Ghigerri. 9 On Your Side got to tag along with the canine handler and her dogs as they searched for Tyra.

"All the dogs on the team are all rescues. They are scent-specific dogs so we have these scent articles here. And these are specific to the dogs that are missing," said Ghigerri.

It doesn't come cheap. A two hour search alone will cost you about $1,800. But the love between a girl and her dog is priceless.

"To not have a resolution would just be something that would be really difficult for me to go on with. So today no matter what the outcome is, I hope there is something, whether it be wonderful and we find her, I just want something," said Emick. "I hope today is the day we get some kind of peace."

In the end, unfortunately, the team's search came up empty.
     
But Emick said she won't stop searching for Tyra. She plans to continue her flyer campaign and has a cash reward for anyone who can find her.

For more information about "Lost Pet Professionals" click here: http://lostpetprofessionals.com/

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