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App reunites lost dogs with owners through recognition software

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ELGIN, Okla._ A new smartphone app is geared at reuniting lost dogs with their owners and one woman here is hoping it will bring her nine-year-old Chihuahua home. 

It's called Finding Rover and uses facial recognition software to help find man's best friend, and it is gaining popularity quick.

"We've been out for about 90 days and we have a little more than 32,000 downloads," says John Polimeno, creator of Finding Rover.  

Finding Rover is the product of cutting edge technology and million of dollars in developing costs.

"We don't charge anything, we don't sell anything, our goal is to save dogs," says Polimeno, who hopes to monetize the app through advertising.

Christine Kroboth, Elgin, says her Chihuahua went missing on Feb. 8 in the snowy weather.

"I have spent three full days looking for him non-stop," says Kroboth, who hopes this emerging app will be a simpler solution to her problem. "That's something I am definitely going to upload and I will put my dog's picture on there immediately."

It's easy to register dogs into the database. Users must enter basic information like their pet's name and breed and the system verifies the information. From there, other users on the application can snap pictures of lost dogs to assist in returning them to their owners.    

Kroboth's dog is a tan and white Chihuahua and stands just one foot off the ground. He was last seen on Monday afternoon on Highway 65 between Cross and Spencer Rd., headed southbound toward Highway 7. If you know of the whereabouts of Luke, please contact Kroboth at (580) 365-4081.

Finding Rover is free and available for download on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad devices. It will soon be downloadable from Google Play for all Android devices.

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