Mayor Stubbs sits on a pool table in a Talkeetna, Alaska bar (Photo by Flickr user t-dawg)
By Natalie DiBlasio
The honorary cat mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, is in bad shape after being attacked by a dog.
Mayor Stubbs, the cat, suffered a fractured sternum and a punctured lung, and already has undergone three hours of surgery, owner Lauri Stec told KTUU.
The part-Manx cat clawed his way onto the political scene of Talkeetna, a town of about 900 people north of Anchorage, through a write-in campaign. He has held the honorary position for more than 15 years.
His election earned him enough press to catapult the town at the base of Mount McKinley into a tourist destination. Mayor Stubbs has tens of thousands of followers on social media. Many Facebook friends are asking how to donate to his medical bills.
Stec said the offending dog was not picked up by animal control because it happened late Saturday evening. But she plans to file a report: "As far as I'm concerned he needs to go away," she said about the dog.
The would-be dog assassin is in hiding, Stec said, and Stubbs is recovering at a veterinarian's office in Wasilla, KTUU reports.
"All I can say right now is he's holding his own," she said.