TOMS RIVER, N.J. — A horse used by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department has died.

Officer Brian Stockhoff, who owned Sambuca, told the Asbury Park Press ( ) 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.

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

Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press,