Horse used by Ocean County sheriff dies

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
(Photo/Ocean County Sheriff's Office)
Photo/Ocean County Sheriff's Office

TOMS RIVER, New Jersey -- A horse used by the Ocean County Sheriff's Department has died.

Officer Brian Stockhoff, who owned Sambuca, said the 20-year-old American Paint Horse died of a form of equine colic on Tuesday.

Sheriff Mike Mastronardy asked Stockhoff to bring the horse to events starting in 2014. The sheriff approved the use of non-taxpayer funds to send Sambuca to police horse school. The horse was used in search and rescue and crowd control.

Here's a photo of the horse that the department posted on social media:

The Ocean County Sheriff's Foundation paid for the horse's funeral.