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App uses facial recognition to find lost pets

Finding Rover App (KSWB/Finding Rover)

An animal shelter is the last place you want to see your pet.

But if he or she does get lost, thanks to a new free app called Finding Rover, families have a new tool right on their smartphones to quickly find them.

Here's how it works.

Once you download the app to your smart phone or tablet, you take a picture of your pet and it's scanned into the system.

"The public can use to register their dog, and if the dog ever runs away, they can post that their dog has been lost," said Daniel Desousa, San Diego County Animal Services.

Using facial recognition technology, the app searches through thousands of images of old and recently added pictures to try and locate your pet.

The app will also send alerts to be on the lookout for your dog to anyone in your neighborhood who also uses Finding Rover.

And it also works in reverse.

"If you just see a dog running loose down the street, you can take picture of it and it will still post it that way as well," Desousa said.

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