PHOTOS: Students meet new Polk K9 they helped raise money for

Last Updated: Friday, March 10, 2017, 12:59 PM EST

The Polk County Sheriff's Office was able to replace a retiring K9 thanks to the help of Dundee Elementary Academy. 

The school held a "Pennies for Paws" drive in 2015 to help the sheriff's office purchase a replacement for Diego. 

On Feb. 27, deputies welcomed their newest member, K9 Dasha. She is the sheriff's office first Hanoverian hound and their only female dog. 

Dasha is 20 months old and was found at Boulder Creek Performance K9 in St. James, Missouri. She trained for four weeks there before coming to Florida. 

Deputies said Dasha made her first find after six days on the job

Friday, Dasha got to meet some of the students at DEA who helped make her a member of the Polk County Sheriff's Office.  

The sheriff's office wrote on their Facebook page saying, "We are so grateful to the DEA Owls!"