Pa Kettle may not have smiled much during his mayoral campaign, but his solid working-dog values came to the fore in winning the right to lead the Colorado town of Divide.
Pa Kettle saw off Herbie the donkey and Gracie the horse in the race for the town’s mayoralty, which is a fundraising campaign for the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter.
The deputy mayor will be a wolf named Keyni, who was the second highest-polling candidate.
Pa Kettle will receive the mayoral chains from a three-legged cat named Walter, who decided to retire at this year’s election.
Eleven animals vied for the mayoralty, including a cat named Buster, a hedgehog named Blackberry, and seven canines in all.
Pa Kettle, a bloodhound, has another job, too, as a search and rescue dog.
He got 2387 votes of the total 12,091, winning by 55 votes over Keyni.
Each vote raised a dollar to take care of shelter animals in the county.
Pa Kettle will be sworn in on Saturday.
His owner and campaign manager, Janet Bennett, told local media: “He is the only candidate that has a real job. And he is the only candidate that has a last name and a verifiable birth certificate.”
An animal gets to lead Divide because the town has no human mayor.