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Hero Down: New York State Police K9 Amber Dies Unexpectedly

Albany, NY – New York State Police (NYSP) K9 Amber died unexpectedly on Feb. 2, according to her department.

The NYSP announced the beloved K9’s death in a press release the following day.

“It is with deep regret that the New York State Police announces the unexpected death of K9 Amber,” the department said. “We are always grateful for our canine partners, their hard work and how they help us to serve and protect you.”

K9 Amber’s exact cause of death was not released.

“K9 Amber was named after Trooper Robert W. Ambrose who was killed on December 19, 2002, when his Troop car was struck from behind by a drunk driver traveling on the New York State Thruway in the city of Yonkers,” the NYSP noted.

The five-year-old Dutch Shepard joined the NYSP on June of 2019, and served with Troop T alongside her human partner, NYSP Trooper Mark Castiglione.

“K9 Amber was trained in narcotics and cadaver detection, tracking, and handler protection,” the agency said. “She was recognized numerous times by local news agencies, highlighting her success and dedication throughout her law enforcement career.”

The NYSP previously shared a photo of the hard-working K9 sitting beside a package of cocaine and stacks of cash she located during a drug bust in March of 2021.

“K9 Amber was excited to assist her handler with locating over 14 ounces of cocaine, along with cash, during a traffic stop on the New York State Thruway in Montgomery County,” the agency posted at the time. “Good girl K9 Amber, keep up the hard work!!”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the New York State Police and Trooper Mark Castiglione in the loss of K9 Amber.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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