Escaped dog survives cold, snow for nearly 2 weeks before being found in Brown County

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BROWN COUNTY, Ind. (Jan. 21, 2016) – It took nearly two weeks, but Murphy the dog is finally safe, thanks to a community that rallied around him.

The dog was brought to the Brown County Humane Society on Jan. 8 from a rescue organization. On Jan. 9, he escaped while his kennel was being cleaned. He was eventually spotted at Brown County State Park several miles away. At that time, it was pouring down rain and temperatures were starting to drop.

For the next 12 days, volunteers and staff members searched for Murphy. They received frequent phone calls from people who thought they’d spotted him. On Jan. 14, one of the humane society’s workers made positive identification, but Murphy continued to be elusive.

Still, the calls kept coming in. Some days, there weren’t many. Other days, there were several. On Thursday, with the help of five pounds of venison, a humane trap and three hours of watching and waiting, Murphy was finally caught and returned to the shelter.

According to the humane society, he’s thin but healthy and happy to be in a warm place with plenty of food and blankets.

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