BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A rescue dog that went missing in Brooklyn while under the care of a dog walker from the Wag! app was found Sunday morning.
Kane Giblin had been searching for Teddy, her four-year-old Labrador-Korean Jindo mix who was rescued from a Korean dog meat farm, since Nov. 30. The pup was being walked through Prospect-Lefferts Gardens by a Wag! walker when she got loose.
The search went on, as Giblin didn’t give up. Wag! connected her to a professional trapper to try and get her dog back.
Once Teddy was found, Giblin took to Facebook to announce the good news, “We set a trap at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and this morning we trapped a little bear!”
“The Botanic Gardens were super helpful and they let us set a trap there this weekend. A gardener found her this morning!” Giblin told PIX11 News.
Prior to Sunday, Teddy had been spotted in the area several times, but no one was been able to catch her. Giblin stressed that Teddy should not be chased or approached if seen. “She’s in full survival mode right now, so she doesn’t see humans or even her human, she sees predators. Her time at a dog meat farm in Korea doesn’t help that fear either,” she said.
Giblin said she was happy to be reunited with Teddy, who is also happy to be back home relaxing. She thanks everyone who helped throughout the whole search.
It is unclear how Teddy escaped. The walker told Giblin the dog got loose because her leash or collar broke. She has gotten the leash back in good condition. Giblin said both the collar and leash were brand new.
Wag! is often described as “Uber for dog walkers.” Users can hire on-demand dog walkers, sitters and boarders via their smartphone. The app offers live GPS tracking of walks.
Earlier this year, a dog in Long Island went missing for three weeks after running away from his Wag! dog sitter. The dog was eventually found and reunited with his family. A Wag! walker also lost a Brooklyn Chihuahua named Duckie in 2015, who was fatally struck by a car near Prospect Park.