Bloodhound named Pa Kettle elected mayor of Divide

DIVIDE, Colo. - A soulful-eyed bloodhound named Pa Kettle has been elected mayor of the Colorado mountain town of Divide. He beat a cat, a wolf, a hedgehog, a horse and several other dogs.

The town doesn't have a human mayor. So instead, 11 animals competed for the unofficial title 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 costs $1 to vote and people from around the country donate to weigh in on the election.

Nancy Adams, funding coordinator for the shelter, told the Colorado Springs Gazette on Wednesday that Pa Kettle won with 2,387 votes, beating Kenyi the wolf by only 55 votes. The blood hound will replace Walter the three-legged cat as mayor.

Divide is about 20 miles northwest of Colorado Springs.

See the candidates: http://www.tcrascolorado.com/index.php?page=mayor-of-divide

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