Local News

Man paralyzed in December crash finally reunited with dog

Posted January 22, 2020 2:56 p.m. EST
Updated January 22, 2020 3:50 p.m. EST

(Photo: Ray family)

— The online fundraiser continues for Chandler Ray, the 24-year-old man who was paralyzed in a car crash month.

Chandler Ray and Rufus

Though Ray's injuries were severe and his long-term rehabilitation is underway, there is good news.

Ray was traveling with his dog Rufus when the crash happened, and Rufus went missing afterwards.


In a day-after-Christmas miracle, Rufus, a 150-pound Newfoundland, was found wandering a few miles from the accident scene, bruised but unharmed.

On January 14, 22 days after the crash, Rufus and Chandler were reunited when Rufus was able to visit with Chandler in the hospital.

The fundraiser for Chandler's medical expenses has raised nearly $15,000 of a $20,000 goal.

Our commenting policy has changed. If you would like to comment, please share on social media using the icons below and comment there.