Often in very small towns, there isn’t a mayor. Some have them, of course, but some are more likely to have town councils, or just operate with very limited city or municipal budgets, as there’s not much town to govern as it is.

In Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, they do elect a mayor, despite having a population of just 315 people. And for the fourth time in the town’s history, they’ve elected a dog. And a very good dog, at that:

Every town, no matter how small, needs a leader. After a “ruff” election, the spot on the banks of the Ohio River has one.

“She’s very outgoing,” Bobbi Kayser said.

“She has the best smile I’ve ever seen,” Jordie Bamforth said.

“There’s always inappropriate licking going on,” Kayser added.

You might be saying “wait, what?” They’re all talking about a Pitbull. The treat-loving, woods-exploring, good girl is named Brynneth Pawltro.  After pledging to sniff out the community’s problems with a little help from her best friend, she won the election a few months back. 

Brynneth apparently defeated fellow nominees that included a chicken, a cat, and a little boy. While obviously everyone these days likely prefers dogs to politicians, for Rabbit Hash, this election was for a good cause:

Brynneth took them all down without much more than a bark. Believe it or not, the pooch is the fourth dog mayor to be unleashed on the city.

“It started in the late 1990s as a fundraiser,” said Kayser, who works with the Rabbit Hash Historical Society. “We charge you a dollar for your vote, You vote as often as you want.”

The town is so small it doesn’t need a real mayor. Usually, the money from the election goes toward town improvements, but this time it helped to repair the General Store after a devastating fire last year.

“It was so heartbreaking, but it’s been really awesome to watch it rise from the ashes,” Bamforth said. 

So, in the end, money gets raised for a good cause, and Rabbit Hash gets a dog as mayor. There are absolutely no losers in this story.


About Jay Rigdon

Jay is a writer and editor for The Comeback, and a contributor at Awful Announcing. He is not a strong swimmer.