GILL, Mass. (WWLP) – A police dog who ran away from his kennel while his handler was on vacation, has been found, and the two have been reunited.

According to Greenfield Police, at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Greenfield K9 Niko scaled two 6-foot high fences and ran into the woods while he was being professionally kenneled. Niko was being watched while his handler was out of town on vacation.

ANearly a dozen K9 handlers from all over western Massachusetts helped officers from Greenfield, Gill, Northfield, Environmental Police, Massachusetts State Police, and members of the Franklin County Sherrif’s Department assisted in an attempt to find and get Niko back. Several residents of Gill also helped in the search.

Police were able to find the dog four separate times, but the dog, not being comfortable with anyone but his handler, kept running away. Police believe that due to the strong bond that Niko and his handler have, he was searching for his handler and evaded capture on purpose.

As they had anticipated, once his handler returned overnight, Niko responded to his commands, and the two were reunited.