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A local pet shop owner is having a heartbreaking Christmas after her own 130-pound Great Dane Olive went missing December 23rd. The grey-colored Dane broke through a fence on Andrea Demmon's property in Sandy Mush. Andrea is a well-known pet store owner having owned the TailGait Pet Market in Leicester for the past three years.

"They broke out this section of fence," said Andrea. "About seven feet over here. There were several deer tracks and small dog tracks."

Andrea thinks Olive saw a stray dog chasing a deer and went after it.
Watson, Andrea's other Great Dane came back. Olive did not. But Olive is micro-chipped and can be identified if she's brought to a vet clinic or shelter. Andrea said she didn't realize that many people don't understand how micro-chipping works.

"I think as a very dog savvy person, that we just do that as a normal routine as a means of identification," said Andrea. "But when I started approaching people telling them she's missing and micro-chipped their impression was that it was like a GPS. That you could track a dog with it,  which is not the case."

"We can scan them to find out who the animal belongs to," said Myranda Tipton with the Asheville Humane Society. "It's really an ID tag like one you would have on a collar but they can't lose it."

The Buncombe County animal shelter charges just $10 to micro-chip a pet.  Word of Olive's disappearance has virtually gone viral on Facebook. 15,000 people have "liked" Andrea's call for help.

"We've had one lead about 20 minutes ago," said Andrea on Friday. "That someone saw a possible sighting in a truck cab. She is a desirable, a beautiful, Great Dane. She's lovely tempered. I'm just hoping someone is caring for her, not realizing her owners want her back. She's everything for us. It's pretty hard to imagine that. That's she's not coming home."

There's now a $1,000 reward for a credible tip that can lead to her whereabouts.

Olive's owner, Andrea Demmon, who owns the TailGait Pet Market in Leicester, received a cruel prank call Friday night from a woman claiming she knew what happened to the 130-pound Great Dane. Demmon tells News 13 the woman told her Olive was struck and taken to REACH, an Asheville animal hospital. But after calling REACH to see if Olive was there, and to check call logs, Demmon learned the callers information was untrue.

Another witness told Demmon she saw Olive lying in the road after she was possibly struck, but the dog hasn't been seen.

If you have any information call Andrea Demmon at 772-263-2026.

By Kimberly King
Follow Kim on Twitter @KimKingReports


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