Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New mayor of Divide is absolutely barking

Meet the new Mayor of Colorado mountain town Divide. He’s a soulful-eyed bloodhound named Pa Kettle, who beat off stiff competition from a wolf, a hedgehog, a horse and several other dogs.

Divide doesn't have a human mayor and that’s the way its residents want to keep things. So in a rather unusual election race, 11 animals competed for the honour in an online race to raise funds for the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter - and awareness for groups like Teller County Search and Rescue, for which Pa Kettle works.

It cost $1 to vote and people from around the country donated to weigh in on the election.

In a tough competition, Pa Kettle won with 2,387 votes, beating Kenyi the wolf by only 55 votes.

But Pa Kettle has a tough act to follow though. Locals say the previous incumbent was the best mayor yet ...Walter, a three-legged cat.