WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A French bulldog named Wilbur was named the mayor of a small town in Kentucky.
- Rabbit Hash has never had a human for mayor since the late 1990s.
- Though the election isn’t political, Wilbur’s owner Amy Noland, wanted her pup to be “something positive” among all the negative media.
There’s a new mayor in the town of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky- a 6-month old French bulldog named Wilbur.
His owner, Amy Noland, told NBC News that the hamlet has never had a human for mayor. According to Noland, it all started in the late 1990s when a man named Don Claire had the idea to elect an animal as mayor of the town to raise money for the society. Hence, the first canine mayor of Rabbit hash, Goofy. From then, a tradition was born, and a total of five dogs have sat in the mayor’s seat.
Noland said that though the mayoral election isn’t political, “it always coincides with the presidential election.” She said she campaigned for Wilbur to “be something positive” among all the negative news like COVID-19 and the stress of the US presidential election.
The Cincinnati Inquirer reported that the town, with a population of just under 500 people, is on the National Register of Historic Places partly for its general store that was built all the way back in 1831.
Noland says that the town has a thriving community of dog lovers, including herself.
In addition to Wilbur, she has two other rescue dogs and fosters felines too. She also provides transportation for rescue dogs to get to their new homes.
She adopted Wilbur four months ago, describing him as an “anomaly” because he’s registered as a purebred dog in the American Kennel Club. According to the organization, the French bulldog was the fourth most popular purebred breed in the U.S. from 2017 to 2019.
Source: NBC News