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Talkeetna’s ‘Mayor,’ Stubbs the cat, attacked by dog

By John Thain 2:15 AM September 3, 2013

He’s one of Talkeetna’s biggest celebrities, and most loved politicians

TALKEETNA – He’s one of Talkeetna’s biggest celebrities, and most loved politicians. Stubbs the cat is the unofficial mayor of the unincorporated village, and he’s excited tourists from all over the world.

“We had people [from] Germany come in and say, ‘we’ve read about him in the paper, we’re here to see him.’” said Robin Appleton at Stubbs home, Nagley’s Store.

The Mayor is often seen taking a nap in a bed of furs above the store, but it is empty today, after an attack on Saturday evening. “He’s our cat, but he takes walks every day,” said Stubbs’ owner Laurie Stec, “so he was taking a walk, probably to Wildflower because they feed him crab, so he was walking down the street here and and a dog ran over and attacked him.”

Stubbs’ injuries were serious. He was rushed to Wasilla where he underwent a three hour surgery. “The wound is deep, all the way into his… you could see inside his body, and he had a punctured lung,” Stec said. All anyone can do now is wait, and hope that this 16-year-old politician still has at least one of his nine lives left.

Tourists and locals alike ask about him on a regular basis. Stec says it all could have been prevented by keeping neighborhood dogs leashed up and under control. “I think this is a lesson well-learned, and I hope that it’s not by Stubbs losing his life.”

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