Uber for dogs app losing pooches
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By Ruth Brown
March 9, 2018 | 9:32pm
It’s man’s worst friend.
Wag, the app known as “the Uber of dog-walking,” has lost not one but three New York pooches in the last month alone, disgruntled customers revealed Friday — a day after The Post shared the story of Norman, a Chihuahua who went out with one of the company’s walkers on the Upper East Side last week and hasn’t been seen since.
“I’m in shock — I can’t believe it’s three dogs in one month!” said Norman’s owner, Nicole DiCarlo.
“We need to tell the people that are still using [Wag].”
In addition to Norman, Brooklyn cane corso Nash and Midtown Chihuahua-dachshund Freddie also gave their Wag walkers the slip in recent weeks — but were found alive later on.
Nash’s owner says he booked a walker from the service on Feb. 4 while he was in Philadelphia hosting a Super Bowl party — but he had to hightail it back to East Flatbush when the walker dropped the leash while picking up the 140-pound pooch’s poop and the dog made a run for it.
“My mother went out looking for Nash, and when she found the walker he’s like, ‘Oh I dropped the leash’ — that’s the one thing you shouldn’t do!” said Tim Taylor, 27.
Wag says it mounted a big search effort — including posting fliers, coordinating search parties, manning a tip line and offering a $5,000 reward.
Nash was eventually spotted by locals almost two weeks later — and 50 pounds lighter, according to Taylor. But while Wag was helpful in tracking him down, it should never have gotten to that point, Taylor says. “While I was blessed to get Nash back, others won’t have the same fate,” he said.
Ten days later, Freddie slipped out of his collar while out with a Wag walker at East 34th Street and Park Avenue. “The dog walker from the company Wag was walking him, and he got out of his collar,” the owner said in a video for lost-dog listing service FindShadow.Read More...