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Published January 09, 2014, 10:14 PM

Search for missing dog leads to farm, owners refuse to cooperate

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - It's been nearly a week since a little dog, Oliver, was thrown from a rollover accident in Casselton. His owner, a Montana man, is hoping to find him and bring him home.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - It's been nearly a week since a little dog, Oliver, was thrown from a rollover accident in Casselton. His owner, a Montana man, is hoping to find him and bring him home.

But the search for this 4-pound dog is growing in numbers.

John Kellems: “I want to try to set up a bigger perimeter.”

The search for little Oliver has reached day number seven. And with each passing hour, the number of people looking continues to climb.

It's no longer only John on the hunt.

Jenny Linker, searcher: “Just me and my dog.”

Other animal lovers, who were moved to action after hearing of the accident.

Linker: “Ahh I saw John's story on the news and it just broke my heart.”

Jenny Linker is strapping on her gear for her second day of searching.

Linker: “What the heck, I've got some time I can give.”

Kellems: “There's so much sadness and it's been balanced with so much gratefulness.”

Jenny says she's out because she'd do the same for her dog.

Linker: “It's not something you own. It's your companion, it's a family member.”

So despite the freezing odds, she's trekking through snow, scanning the trees and moving through mounds of rubble, keeping her eyes peeled for any signs of little Oliver.

Linker: “Gosh you know, I'm an optimist, always.”

From the big piles of debris, to these various farm sheds scattered across town, the good news is there are plenty of warm places Oliver could be hiding. But the bad news is there are lots and lots and lots of small holes to check.

Linker: “I'd like to think that he's found a place.”

And even though he's been gone nearly a week, there's one thing keeping this growing search party going.

Kellems: “Oh I have hope. The people give me hope. Every day I receive some encouraging words.”

Linker: “Until you find evidence that he's not here anymore, why give up hope?”

Hope now in the hands and hearts of everyone out looking.

Kellems: “It's like God is sending me angels.”

Later this afternoon, the Sheriff's office also joined the group on snowmobiles and a search dog from Pro Dog Security.

If you'd like to help out - the group meets at 10 each morning at Tesoro in Casselton.

One of those search dogs has tracked Oliver to a nearby farm, but the owners who live there are no longer cooperating.

Earlier this week, Oliver's owner tracked him to this rural farmstead, about five acres surrounded by fields and forests.

He believes Oliver ran there the night of the accident, and today private tracking dogs found evidence that Oliver is still there, or returns there frequently.

Although the farm owners originally let John onto their land, today they told Cass County deputies they're tired of it, and do not want to search party, or tracking dogs, going through their property.

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