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The Finding Rover app

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A new phone app helps pet owners reunite with their lost dogs, and it's as simple as uploading a picture of their dog.

The key to the Finding Rover app is it uses facial recognition technology for dogs.

All pet owners have to do is take a picture of their lost pet, upload it to the app, and the app will search the database for their missing dog.

On Tuesday, three-year-old Sergeant, a Siberian Husky, was reunited with his owner, Kevin Villicana, after disappearing during the 4th of July weekend.

Instead of calling the shelters immediately, Villicana turned to technology.

"We heard about this app Finding Rover. We uploaded Sergeant's picture into that," said Villicana.

It turns out, someone had brought Sergeant into the Bonita Animal Shelter as a stray about a week ago, and because all lost pets are photographed and entered into the Finding Rover app, a match was almost instant.

"About five minutes into the search, I found his picture. I called the shelter to find out if it was him, and it was," said Villicana.

Daniel Desousa, Deputy Director of San Diego County's Department of Animal Services said, "all you do is upload a photograph of the dog's face, and the system does the rest from there."

The app isn't just for dog owners and shelters. It's for everyone.

If you find a dog, you can enter their picture in the app too, and hopefully reunite other missing pets with their loved ones.

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