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Lost & Found Friday – Feb 14, free IOS app identifies lost dogs

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The Lost & Found Friday column networks displaced pets from Ohio areas north of Columbus. To see pets lost and found all throughout the state of Ohio, please visit Lost & Found Ohio Pets on Facebook.

Please be sure to view the photos and details in the list attached to each article.

If you have lost your pet or found a stray animal, please contact the Cleveland Pets Examiner or Lost & Found Ohio Pets with all of the information. The more information the better! Be sure to include date missing, area last seen, pet’s name – age – breed – and other distinguishing characteristics. Don't forget to provide contact information and a photo.

Today's Tip: protect your pet with this new Smartphone app

Finding Rover is a new smartphone app that helps people find their lost pets. Dog lover John Polimeno has used facial recognition technology to build the free IOS app with the help of the Software Development center at the University of Utah. The app works on an algorithm called Pet Match that uses machine learning and computer vision to identify key features of dogs that differentiate them from the rest of the canine population, such as eye shape and coat color.

Polimeno says they have tested the app by putting multiple dogs of the same breed into the app, and have found that a search brings up the correct dog 95% of the time in the top 5 matches.

The app allows you to take a control photo of your pet. There is even a “bark button” to get your pet's attention when you are snapping the photo. You can see how the app works HERE.

Android and Web versions will be available in a few months, so people without Smartphones will still be able to use the technology.

Right now, the app is only for dogs, but Polimeno hopes to have a Finding Kitty app available in about 6 months.

The lost and found pets that appear in these articles want to be reunited with their families, and their families are looking for them! Remember, the found pets here that end up in shelters will only get a three day hold grace period, and after that they can be euthanized! If you see a pet in the list that is missing from your area, please keep on the lookout, and please continue to share with your friends.

The Cleveland Pets Examiner runs a Lost & Found Friday column each week. Check the list every Friday here in the Cleveland Pets column and share it with others who you think may be able to help or network the information.

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FOUND: Brown mix, Columbus
FOUND: Brown mix, Columbus L&F Ohio Pets

FOUND: Brown mix, Columbus

FOUND: Feb 7, Columbus / Franklin Cty. This tan/gold color dog (possibly a boxer mix) was found on Barnett Rd. Will be calling humane society to pick her up. Contact: 6142901838

LOST: "Sparky", Struthers
LOST: "Sparky", Struthers L&F Ohio Pets

LOST: "Sparky", Struthers

LOST: Jan 8, Youngstown / Mahoning Cty. "Sparky" is a male Jack Russell terrier missing from Brownlee Woods near Struthers (South of Midlothian) last seen near 680 and Midlothian. Wearing a black collar with ID tags.Contact: 330-402-2814

FOUND: black tan dog, Brimfield
FOUND: black tan dog, Brimfield L&F Ohio Pets

FOUND: black tan dog, Brimfield

FOUND: Brimfield, Oh. mix breed dog picked up Feb. 8th as a stray. He is currently at the Brimfield police department 330-673-7716 or dispatch 330-677-1234.

FOUND: black/white dog, Spencerville
FOUND: black/white dog, Spencerville L&F Ohio Pets

FOUND: black/white dog, Spencerville

FOUND: Feb 9, Spencerville / Allen County. Female white and black dog found on Deep Cut Rd. Contact Shari: 419-234-5980 if she is yours or if you know where she belongs.

LOST: "Rufus" & "Mia", WarrenTwp
LOST: "Rufus" & "Mia", WarrenTwp L&F Ohio Pets

LOST: "Rufus" & "Mia", WarrenTwp

LOST: Feb 9, Warren Twp / Trumbull Cty. "Rufus" is a black and tan (we're guessing male) yorkie, and "Mia" is a (we're guessing female) black German Shepherd. They are both missing from Warren Twp. Contact Travis: 3307197920

LOST: "Bagheera", Courtland
LOST: "Bagheera", Courtland L&F Ohio Pets

LOST: "Bagheera", Courtland

LOST: Courtland/Mecca/Greene area in Ohio missing from Phillips Rice Rd. North of Rt. 88. "Bagheera" is a female German Shepherd wearing a pink collar. Contact 330-980-6657. A REWARD for safe return.

LOST: "Little Bits", Toledo
LOST: "Little Bits", Toledo L&F Ohio Pets

LOST: "Little Bits", Toledo

LOST: Feb 11, Toledo / Lucas Cty. "Little Bits" is a yorkshire terrier missing from Navarre Ave and Coy St. area. Was wearing a red collar, pink jacket and is dragging a leash. Elderly owner distraught. Contact: (304) 476-0692

LOOSE DOG ALERT: Poland
LOOSE DOG ALERT: Poland L&F Ohio Pets

LOOSE DOG ALERT: Poland

LOOSE DOG ALERT: Feb 9, Poland / Mahoning Cty.
Andrea Svoboda tells us there is a stray pitbull mix that has been hanging around the Canterberry Creek area for about a week. It is brown with a white star on his chest...approx. 70-80 lbs, with tail and ears still long. He is skittish of people but friendly with other dogs. Do you know this dog or where he belongs? Contact: andrea_mihin@yahoo.com

FOUND: boxer mix, Youngstown
FOUND: boxer mix, Youngstown L&F Ohio Pets

FOUND: boxer mix, Youngstown

FOUND: Feb 9, Youngstown / Mahoning Cty. Male dog, possibly boxer or hound mix, found near Southern Park Mall. Stray hold has expired at Mahoning County Dog Pound and he is now up for adoption. Pound is calling him "Jed". He belonged to someone because he has had ACL surgery in the past. If you know who his owner is or where he belongs, contact the pound: (330)740-2205 - dial 1

LOST: "Storm", Canal Winchester
LOST: "Storm", Canal Winchester L&F Ohio Pets

LOST: "Storm", Canal Winchester

LOST: Feb 6, Canal Winchester / Franklin County. "Storm" is a 10 yr old male black lab. Wearing a black/gray collar. He is chipped. Missing from Gender Rd. and Winchester Crossing Blvd. Contact Mike: 614-496-5238

LOST: "Hancock", Parma
LOST: "Hancock", Parma L&F Ohio Pets

LOST: "Hancock", Parma

LOST: Feb 5, Parma / Cuyahoga Cty. "Hancock" is a male brown dog with a very distinct underbite. He is friendly and is missing from the Thornton/Ridge area. Wearing a black collar with a silver tag and a red tag. contact Christie 440 781-3963.

FOUND: Pit Bull, Brunswick
FOUND: Pit Bull, Brunswick L&F Ohio Pets

FOUND: Pit Bull, Brunswick

FOUND: Feb 13 Brunswick / Medina Cty. This female pitbull looks like she recently had puppies. She is mostly white with a few black spots and black tail. No collar or tags. Do you know where she belongs? Contact (text or talk) 440-666-6178

FOUND: boxer mix, Mecca
FOUND: boxer mix, Mecca L&F Ohio Pets

FOUND: boxer mix, Mecca

FOUND: February 12. Mecca / Trumbull County. This brindled male (possibly) boxer mix. Found North of Mecca Circle on Route 46 Contact: 330-307-5609

FOUND: rat terrier, Southington
FOUND: rat terrier, Southington L&F Ohio Pets

FOUND: rat terrier, Southington

FOUND: February 12, Southington / Trumbull County. Male white/black/brown dog, possibly rat terrier or mix found on G.P. Easterly. Contact: 330-647-3892

FOUND: husky, Warren
FOUND: husky, Warren L&F Ohio Pets

FOUND: husky, Warren

FOUND: February 12, Warren / Trumbull County. Young male gray/black/white husky. If you know where this dog belongs, Contact Laurie: 330-207-8146

LOST: Black & brown dog, W.Mecca
LOST: Black & brown dog, W.Mecca L&F Ohio Pets

LOST: Black & brown dog, W.Mecca

LOST: February 11, West Mecca / Trumbull County. Male black and brown mixed breed dog. If you know where this dog belongs, contact Mindie: 330-240-0461

LOST: "Skiff", Jerusalem Twp
LOST: "Skiff", Jerusalem Twp L&F Ohio Pets

LOST: "Skiff", Jerusalem Twp

LOST: Lucas County, Oh. lost in the Reno Beach area in Jerusalem township. Black lab mix "Skiff" missing Feb. 13th, male with white chest and white on back feet.
Contact 419-973-4595.

LOST: "Bear", Grove City
LOST: "Bear", Grove City L&F Ohio Pets

LOST: "Bear", Grove City

LOST: Grove City, Oh./Franklin County Feb. 11th "Bear" is a 19yr. old Shepherd mix that is both deaf and blind. If you have information please contact 740-601-0123

FOUND: Shepherd mix, Atwood Lake
FOUND: Shepherd mix, Atwood Lake L&F Ohio Pets

FOUND: Shepherd mix, Atwood Lake

FOUND: Sometime in early February, Atwood Lake / Carroll County. This male shepherd mix is being held at the Carroll County Dog Pound. Contact: 330-627-4244

FOUND: brindle dog, Cleveland
FOUND: brindle dog, Cleveland L&F Ohio Pets

FOUND: brindle dog, Cleveland

FOUND: Cleveland, Oh. area. Date posted Feb. 14th. A kind person found this dog as a stray and has taken the dog into the vet. If you have information or recognize this dog please click the Craigslist post to email the person temporarily housing this dog. http://cleveland.craigslist.org/laf/4331696407.html

LOST: Shih Tzu, Cleveland
LOST: Shih Tzu, Cleveland L&F Ohio Pets

LOST: Shih Tzu, Cleveland

LOST: February 4, Cleveland / Cuyahoga County. Male Shih Tzu missing from near 146th & Kinsman. If you have seen this dog, please Contact: 216-906-8864.

LOST: black/white pit, Cleveland
LOST: black/white pit, Cleveland L&F Ohio Pets

LOST: black/white pit, Cleveland

LOST: Feb 3, Cleveland / Cuyahoga. Black and White male pit bull. Missing from between 131 and 116th union/corlett area. Contact: 216-236-4218

LOST: "Delilah", Parma
LOST: "Delilah", Parma L&F Ohio Pets

LOST: "Delilah", Parma

LOST: Feb 6, Parma / Cuyahoga Cty. "Delilah" is a 6 yr old female blonde dog. She has a seizure disorder and needs meds. She is missing from Wexford Ave off of Broadview.contact: 440-334-3730 or 440-334-8809.

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