It has been almost one year since Jackie Vestal's dog, Maddox, disappeared in Oklahoma City, but the California resident isn't giving up hope the 8-year-old miniature Doberman pinscher will be found.
Vestal and her husband brought Maddox to Oklahoma City with them for Christmas last year to visit family. During their visit the couple took a short side trip to Dallas and left Maddox in the care of a family friend. He got out when a garage door was opened. The dog's fate remains unknown.
After Maddox's disappearance, Vestal took a leave of absence from her job in the Los Angeles area and spent four months in Oklahoma City leading the search. She returned home in April, but has had help from volunteers in the area who post signs, answer a hotline and check local shelters every other day.
Vestal has also used the services of Karin TarQwyn, a Nebraska private investigator specializing in lost pets. TarQwyn uses tracking dogs in her work. She has visited Oklahoma City several times. Most recently her dogs alerted on a home in Oklahoma City that Maddox may have visited.
Vestal believes someone may have taken Maddox in, or adopted him from a rescue organization. Maddox has a microchip embedded in his body. She's urging anyone who has taken in or adopted a miniature Doberman pinscher in the last six months to check for a microchip. Vestal also is offering a reward for his safe return.
“I believe strongly that he might be with someone that has no idea people are looking for him,” she said. “I don't blame anyone for taking him in but I would be grateful if they came forward. No questions asked.”
People sometimes tell me it's time to give up, but I'm never going to give up. No matter what people say I believe strongly that he's out there.”
owner of missing pet, Maddox