New Jersey State Police are mourning the death of K-9 Casto, who passed away Wednesday night as a result of a ruptured mass in his stomach.
Sgt. Michael Leip named his partner, K-9 Casto, in honor of Trooper Marc Castellano, who was tragically killed in the line of duty, state police said.
Since 2010, Casto was a patrol and narcotics K-9 responsible for narcotics sniffs resulting in millions of dollars in narcotics and cash seizures. He also worked with the NJSP and local agencies tracking numerous suspects and civilians.
K-9 Casto assisted in hundreds of fugitive investigations as well as assisted members with executing search warrants.
Sgt. Leip along with his partner Casto deescalated many high-risk suspect encounters, resulting in peaceful surrenders.
Casto was a tremendous asset to the Division and to the citizens of New Jersey. He served with honor and bravery, state police said.
“But most importantly, he was a loyal partner and loving friend to Sgt. Leip. He will be sorely missed. We know he made Trooper Marc Castellano proud. Now they are together,” state police said.