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'Uber for Dog-Walking' App Wag Loses Another Pooch

'Uber for Dog-Walking' App Wag Loses Another Pooch

(Lost dog poster)

By    |   Monday, 14 May 2018 12:01 PM

The "Uber for dog-walking" app was connected to another lost dog last Friday after owner Maura Brannigan in Harlem said on Twitter that her 3-year-old pooch went missing after going on a walk with one of the app's workers, the New York Post reported.

The Wag app allows users to connect with dog walkers who come to their home, described as similar to hailing a car with Uber and Lyft, the Post said. But Wag walkers have lost at least eight dogs in New York City, including five this year, the tabloid wrote.

Brannigan sought help Friday after her dog was lost by a Wag walker.

Teddy made it home after Wag posted lost-dog fliers posted by an external search team, the Post wrote. The dog made it all the way back home to his front door when a neighbor spotted it.

"A neighbor saw one of the fliers that had been posted and notified the Wag tip line that Teddy had made his way back to the front of his building," Wag spokeswoman Caroline Hartman told the Post.

Brannigan tweeted that her dog was found Saturday.

According to the Daily Mail, Wag said all their walkers go through an in-person orientation, have to pass 'dog knowledge' tests and pass a background check before they can become walkers.

But Wag walkers have struggled with keeping up with the dogs owners entrust to them. Upper East Side Chihuahua Norman, Brooklyn cane corso Nash, and Midtown Chihuahua-dachshund Freddie were all lost in a 30-day span starting in February, the Post wrote.

In 2015, two Brooklyn women blamed the app for the death of their dog, charging that the animal was found dead after one of the company's walkers lost it during a walk, the Post wrote then.

Morgan Stuart and Mischa Golebiewski hired a dog walker through Wag for their pet pup Duckie. The walker, though, lost him and the dog showed up in an emergency vet clinic a week later, on Nov. 25, 2015, after being fatally struck by a car in Prospect Park, the Post said.

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