Paul A. Nikas, Chief of Police
15 Elm St.
Ipswich, MA 01938
For Immediate Release
Friday, July 12, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Ipswich Police Officer Bids Farewell to Former K-9 Partner
IPSWICH — Officer Daniel Holway and his Ipswich Police colleagues are mourning the passing of Officer Holway’s retired K-9 partner, Miso.
Officer Holway and Miso worked together as partners for eight years when both were members of the Acton Police Department, from 2007 until Miso’s retirement in 2015. Officer Holway transferred to the Ipswich Police Department shortly after Miso’s career came to an end.
Miso passed away on June 30 following a battle with degenerative myelopathy, a nerve disorder to which German Shepards are prone.
Over the eight years they served Acton, Officer Holway and Miso worked with area cities, towns, SWAT teams and special task forces. They located wanted fugitives, felons, fleeing suspects, children, special needs patients and elderly citizens. Working closely with a HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Task Force they were involved in the seizure of hundreds of pounds of marijuana, kilos of cocaine, heroin, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in illicit drug money.
In their journey together, they received multiple certifications through the Boston Police Canine Academy, the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA), and the International Police Working Dog Association (IPWDA), along with other accolades.
Officer Holway and Miso were also honored as Employees of the Year by the town of Acton in 2013. Over the years, they performed demonstrations for schools, camps, citizen police academies, and department youth police academies. They also educated the public on the capabilities and functions of a K-9 team.
Miso adjusted well to retired life after suffering an injury on duty. He enjoyed a less strict diet that featured an increase in his treat allowance, loved chasing chickens, playing with his favorite toys and lounging in the grass.
“There was absolutely nothing he couldn’t do and he always made me look like I knew what I was doing,” Officer Holway said. “If I had trained him to drive — and there were nights that he tried — I would have been out of a job.”
Throughout his lifetime, Miso benefited from the generosity and care of Especially for Pets of Acton, which donated food, toys and discounts for him, and the Great Road Veterinary Hospital in Acton, which donated lifelong care that kept Miso happy and healthy for 11 years.
“Thanks to all of the employees of the Acton Police Department, and to the cities, towns and task forces who called us over the years when you needed assistance or mutual aid,” Officer Holway said. “It was a pleasure serving you. Thanks also to the owners and staff at Palmer Kennels who had the pleasure — or not– of boarding Miso over the years. Finally, a special thank you to the employees of the Ipswich Police Department for their support during this difficult time.”