Licensed in the State of Florida
P.I. License # C 1500105
P.I. Jamie Katz # A 1500178
Licensed Private Investigator Jamie Katz is the best in the biz when it comes to reuniting lost pets with their loved ones. Jamie has traveled across the country at a moment’s notice and successfully found missing animals in rural towns as well as in big cities. P.I. Jamie Katz is the only private investigation agency in Florida that specializes full-time in reuniting lost, missing, and stolen pets with their families with the aid of scent specific tracking dogs.
Jamie had a humble upbringing in small town Sharon, Massachusetts where she grew up with her Great Dane Rex and three cats, J.J., D.J. and Blackjack. An animal lover since birth, Jamie started working with pets officially at the age of thirteen as a young volunteer assisting the local police department with annual rabies awareness clinic events encouraging owners to bring their pets in for their yearly vaccinations.
It was not until she left the comfort of her small town and moved to the big city of Baltimore, Maryland at the age of 14 with her family that she found out that not all animals have homes.
Jamie was overwhelmed with the amount of stray animals roaming the streets. This experience changed her life, and she made it her mission to help rescue, rehabilitate, and find forever homes for animals.
From 1998 to 2003 Jamie was working as a veterinary technician assisting with vaccinations, hygiene, feeding and basic caring for pets. Although she enjoyed this experience, she felt a calling to make a bigger difference, so she returned to working with stray animals that needed medical attention or loving homes.
Jamie then joined a large rescue group that traveled the dark allies and back streets from midnight to dawn feeding and providing medical attention to the City of Baltimore's many stray and feral cats. She was on-call for animal emergencies, and in many cases was recognized as the “go-to” person by the police department when they received calls regarding injured animals. They knew she could get to the animals and facilitate the care needed until an officer arrived at the scene.
Jamie’s passion to investigate led her to pursue an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of Baltimore County in hopes of combining her two passions - animals and investigations. Her original intention was to become an Animal Humane Officer until she realized that becoming a Private Investigator was a better match for her skills.
In May 2014, she had an eye opening experience, which unbeknownst to her, would change her career path forever. When a friend’s cat went missing, she hired an animal rescue company to help find her beloved pet. The company was supposed to bring their tracking dogs, and never showed up to perform the search. This friends experience left a great impact on Jamie. Soon after, in July of 2014, Jamie saw that she could apply the same profiling and investigation techniques that she learned with people to animals, and was able to combine her two passions at last.
Jamie started working for a firm where she specialized in the recovery of lost, missing,
and stolen pets, playing a key role in the safe return of 90-plus animals.
And in September of 2015, she opened P.I. Jamie Katz, her own licensed private investigation agency based in South Florida.
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WHAT DO TRACKING DOGS DO?
Fletcher and Gable are both Scent Specific Tracking Dogs that follow scent in the air. The dogs start at the Point Of Escape (where your pet went missing from). One dog is used at a time and the dogs will need a 100% scent articles of the missing animal. A scent article can be anything from a collar to a Halloween costume that no other animal except the missing animal has worn. The dogs will first get the direction of travel and then check sightings starting with the most recent. It is very important to have a most recent sighting in order to jump ahead and take advantage of the time we have in order to move your case forward.
Fletcher and Gable both check sightings, they will confirm or eliminate a sighting . For example, a sighting for your missing pet at 5th and 6th Street, I will give the dogs the scent article and if they start tracking then it's confirmed sighting. If my dogs come back to me after giving them the scent article, the sighting is not your missing pet but a possible look alike.
After checking all possible sightings, we will build an invisible perimeter of scent; north, east, south and west in order to tell you how far your missing animal's scent has traveled in each direction. Each dog gives an alert when the scent trail they are following ends. There are different reasons why the scent trail can end such as a vehicle pickup, meaning the animal either jumped or was put into a vehicle and once the doors and windows are closed, the tracking dogs will lose scent. Each case is situational and there is no guarantee that we will find your pet. We do not typically find the dogs the same day we are on site and I never want my clients to expect us to have a "walk up" find (even though "walk up" finds have occurred in the past). The dogs are brought in to move a case forward. The dogs tell us where we have a scent, confirm or eliminate sightings in order to blow up the sign campaign.
Gable, Scent Specific Tracking Dog - Brittany Spaniel
Fletcher, Scent Specific Tracking Dog - Terrier Mix
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