A Massachusetts State Police horse has died following a brief battle with colic, the agency announced Wednesday.
Dewey, an 18-year-old Friesian, joined the force as a mount in October 2016, according to a release. He and his partner, Trooper Daniel Doiron, patrolled all across the state.
He was “one of a handful” of police horses to have the “rare distinction” of patrolling in every state troop in Massachusetts, according to the department.
Dewey and Doiron acted as security and crowd control at nearly every Patriots game and concert at Gillette Stadium, MSP said. They also worked several Caribbean Festivals and numerous other parades and events.
He lived at the mounted unit’s barn in Acton.
“As is true of all of our horses and dogs, Dewey was a valued and beloved member of the Massachusetts State Police family, performing a vitally important mission with his human partner to help keep the public safe,” MSP said in a statement.
“Dewey is dearly missed by the department, our Mounted Unit, and especially by his partner and dear friend, Trooper Dan Doiron,” the statement continued.
“We take what comfort we can in reminding ourselves that Dewey gallops still, now in the greenest of pastures, watching over his friends, equine and human, as they go about their duty.”