If you’re an animal lover, you may want to move to Rabbit Hash, Kentucky. A rescue pit bull has just been named the mayor of the town.
Oh, and the story gets even better. The dog who took the crown is named Brynneth Pawltrow. For real.
Brynn had some serious competition, too. She beat out a cat, chicken and donkey during the election.
“I’m so proud of her,” the dog’s owner, Jordie Bamfort, told InsideEdition.com. She explained that their campaign started off as a joke, but they jumped at the opportunity to raise money for the historic town.
Even though Brynn and Bamfort live six miles outside of Rabbit Hash, “It is such a special place for me. When [Brynn] hears, ‘Let’s go to Rabbit Hash,’ she cries the entire way there.”
So, what the hell does a dog actually do as mayor? Brynn has been fulfilling mayoral duties such as appearing at fundraisers, getting petted by locals and taking naps by the river.
“To be completely honest, she just has to show up,” Bamfort joked. “Her duty so far has been to be a representative for the town.”
The pup also has backups just in case she can’t make it to an event. Two ambassador dogs, Lady Stone and Bourbon, step into her duties if she’s unavailable.
Having an animal as a mayor isn’t completely odd for this town, either. Rabbit Hash is so small that they don’t really need a mayor, so they’ve been electing animals since the 1990s as part of a local fundraiser. According to the Rabbit Hole Historical Society, each vote costs a dollar, and residents are welcome to vote as many times as they want. Brynn won with more than 3,000 votes while the first and second runners-up gained more than 2,000 and 1,000 votes, respectively.
The Associated Press reports that money raised from the election has gone to town improvements in years past, but this year, money from the election will go toward repairs for the town’s General Store, which was destroyed in an electrical fire.
The town’s first canine mayor was named Goofy Borneman. He was elected in 1998, but passed away in 2001, at the age of 16, before serving a full term. Previous mayors have included Lucy Lou, a border collie that served eight years in office, and Junior, a black lab.
We can’t make this stuff up, people.