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Red, the dog lost after car crash, reunited with family on New Year's Eve

Posted at 8:44 PM, Dec 31, 2019

"We were looking at one of the worst Christmases of our lives and now we're looking at the best way to start a new year," said Wade Stevenson after he and his wife were reunited with Red Tuesday afternoon.

Red is the couple's 1-year-old Golden Retriever and their 4-year-old daughter Hazel's best friend.

Red went missing after the family's vehicle was involved in a crash Christmas morning in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

The last six days, Wade and Ruth Stevenson have barely slept or eaten because they've been searching and worrying about Red.

Michael James of Lending a Helping Paw Dog Rescue has been helping the Stevensons find Red and, Tuesday afternoon, using a large live trap Michael set up not far from the crash, Red was finally caught.

"I cried," said Michael about the moment he could see that Red was secure. "It's been an emotional experience and I got very close to the family."

The Stevensons and Michael also said it could not have been done without the community's prayers and support.

Red was taken to Wilson Veterinary Hospital, where he was examined for possible injuries, by Dr. Matthew M. Capitanio, who also ordered some X-rays.

We’re told Red has a sprained leg, but it should heal up in a couple weeks.

And after leaving the vet, Red was taken to DogCuts in Utica, where they gave him a complimentary, full-service grooming.

Red now has all night to tell Hazel all about his very long adventure.

This article was written by Kimberly Craig for WXYZ.