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Forum staff reports, Published January 10 2014

Search continues for missing service dog near Casselton

CASSELTON, N.D. – The search continues for a dog that went missing last week after a crash on Interstate 94 near here.

Oliver, a 4-pound Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix that served as a service dog for his owner, was thrown from a pickup that rolled near I-94 mile marker 332 on Jan. 3. He hasn’t been found since.

Oliver is a PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) service dog for his owner, Army veteran John Kellems of Great Falls, Mont.

Kellems has spent each day since the accident searching for Oliver with his girlfriend, Candice Howard, and has vowed not to leave Casselton until he finds Oliver or exhausts his resources.

There seemed to be a glimmer of hope for Kellems after clues were found near a Casselton farmhouse that indicated Oliver had been there or could still be there. Kellems said late Thursday night, the farm owners allowed Cass County deputies to thoroughly search the property, but Oliver was not found.

Volunteers have searched in groups and individually throughout the week.

Kellems begins searching at 10 a.m. each day at the Tesoro convenience store near I-94 in Casselton and regularly returns to meet any volunteers who want to search throughout the day.

Another organized search for Oliver will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Tesoro store.

Information about Oliver can be found at www.facebook.com/LOSTDOGFARGO.

Searchers have also been looking in the Casselton area for Olive, a brown and white pit bull mix ejected from the vehicle she was riding in when it crashed Sunday on I-94 near mile marker 314.

Information about Olive, including her owners’ information can be found at www.facebook.com/FindingOlive