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Car wash held to raise money for search and rescue dog with cancer

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. (WKRC) -- Olivia the German Shepherd has been helping others as a member of the Campbell County Search and Rescue team for the past seven years.

Now, she's relying on the help of others. Olivia was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer and had to have a leg amputated.

On Sunday, the Search and Rescue team held a car wash to raise money at the Mercedes Benz dealership off Dixie Highway. Members of team as well as volunteers from the dealership vacuumed, washed and dried cars for about five hours.

All the money raised will go to help Olivia in her battle with cancer.

Olivia and her sister, Lexus, spent time running around and playing today at the dealership while the cars were washed. Olivia has been a therapy dog for most of her life, but the past few years began assisting as an air scent search dog. She actually found a missing boy in 2013.

About 10 weeks ago, her owner, Shana Bockelman, noticed that Olivia was in a lot of pain and had major swelling on her leg.

Olivia was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, or bone cancer. Her spirits are high and she still gets around well, but the bills are piling up.

"The vet visits, running back and forth. All the tests in between. We also have to get blood work before chemo treatment to make sure her white blood cell count is where it needs to be to be able to handle the chemo," says Bockelman.

The five hour car wash was a success, but the dealership is going to extend the donation period.

All next week you can donate money to help Olivia and the Campbell County Search and Rescue Organization.

The University of Pennsylvania is doing a bone study on dogs. Olivia has been tested to see if she is eligible to be a part of the study and treatment. Those results should come back in two weeks.

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