Ocean County K9 Officer Passed Away

OCEAN COUNTY – The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department is mourning the loss of one of their own. Their K9 officer named Bear has died.

According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, Bear passed away suddenly.

K9 Bear was a 7 year old German Shepherd, handled by Sheriff’s Officer Christine Casullo. Bear served the citizens of Ocean County fearlessly and with a tremendous amount of loyalty.

K9 Officer Bear and Sheriff’s Officer Christine Casullo (Photo courtesy Ocean County Sheriff’s Department)

Over his five years with the department, Bear was responsible for numerous explosive sweeps in County as well as assisting various State & Federal Task Forces.


Bear participated in many public demonstrations and along with his handler, were a welcome addition to countless community events. 

K9 Bear will be greatly missed by all.

The death comes just weeks after Manchester Township Police lost K-9 Officer Storm who had recently retired.