NORTH HAVEN — A beloved member of the Police Department has hung up her official leash.

Longtime police dog Koda retired Tuesday after eight years of service to the department and North Haven community. In dog years that is around 50, according to Fetch by WebMD.

“Koda is way more than a working dog or tool to our agency,” the department wrote in a Facebook post announcing her retirement on the last day of 2019. “Koda is and continues to be a loyal companion, a faithful partner, and a loving family member.”

The announcement received an outpouring of well-wishes and congratulations for Koda.

The Labrador retriever has helped with major drug busts the department has made over the years, including the seizure of more than 60 bags of heroin, and led police to arresting a man who allegedly had 50 bags of heroin and $810 on his person.

“When Koda was not finding illegal drugs, she often visited the elementary schools and was well-known and loved by students,” the post said.

During her career, Koda has helped find children missing in the woods, sniffed out illegal drugs delivered to the post office, and visited elementary schools as part of drug education programs.

Police bought Koda for $2,200 from Guiding Eyes for the Blind in New York, then she underwent free training with the state police canine unit. She washed out as a seeing eye dog but got a chance for a second career.

Koda started working with the department as a 2-year-old after an 11-week training session with the state police.

She worked with North Haven Officer Alan Cantele during her career, as she was trained to sniff out marijuana, crack cocaine, cocaine, methamphetamine, Ecstasy, hashish and steroids, as well as drug-tainted cash.

She’ll live out her days as Cantele’s family pet, police said Thursday.

She was the department’s second police dog after K-9 Zeus started in 2010. Zeus died in 2017.