But if animal control couldn't catch Murphy, winter's wrath just might. Back in February 2015, Rhode Island was in the throes of a cold, brutal snowstorm. Murphy had already been on the lam since November after running away from his owner.
Animal control officers decided to call for in for some extra help.
They called Sheilah Graham.
A staffer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by day, the Rhode Island woman moonlights as a "pet detective."
Basically, she finds lost animals in her spare time. She doesn't get paid for it. And she's tallied a sterling record, solving more than 70 cases - on one occasion, even driving a dog 2,000 miles to be reunited with his owner.