Jim Carrey (aka Ace Ventura) isn’t part of this story, but it does, ah, involve a famous pet detective.
Self-described “missing pet expert” Karin Tarqwyn is hot on the trail of Alexandra, a beloved support dog to a young woman in Iowa whose mother recently died.
Alexandra disappeared from her home in Sioux City just after noon on July 10, soon after being startled by a loud noise.
The adorable pet has been an emotional support for her owner, Josey Carroll, whose relatives say has been going through a tough time.
"Her father died in 2012. She had just turned 11-years-old. He had an aggressive lung cancer,” said Jamiee Beaubien, Josey's Aunt.
“And in April of this year, sadly her mom passed away. She's suffered so many losses now, she needs her dog home."
So the family has turned to Tarqwyn, who says she’s the most recognized pet expert in North America, to help locate Alexandra.
“Since 2005, she has worked full time assisting pet owners in the location and recovery of their missing pets,” says Tarqwyn’s website.
“Working with a team of pet detectives, Tarqwyn's focus is on missing and lost dogs and cats with a particular interest in the process and techniques necessary for the recovery of missing dogs that maybe shy, timid, aloof, reserved or skittish.”
On Wednesday, Tarqwyn and Alexandra’s family spent the entire day tracking the missing dog's scent in the Morningside area.
"It takes a village, especially for a situation like Alexandra,” Tarqwyn told Siouxland News.
“She is acting very feral right now, so she is not going to allow someone she does not know to approach, she may not even let her owners approach.
"Basically, it's gonna be someone saying 'I saw this dog,' we are either gonna get there with the family and hope that she will come to them. And sometimes, in recovery efforts, it requires trapping."
Tarqwyn says she'll continue to help the family until Alexandra is found.
As an expert on missing pets, Tarqwyn has appeared on CNN, Animal Planet, the Today Show, People, PBS and Dog Fancy.
In Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Jim Carrey is tasked with finding the abducted dolphin mascot of the Miami Dolphins football team.
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