Therapy dog elected mayor of Vermont town

FILE PHOTO: Murfee, a therapy dog, was elected a Vermont town’s pet mayor Wednesday. (andibreit/Pixabay)

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FILE PHOTO: Murfee, a therapy dog, was elected a Vermont town’s pet mayor Wednesday. (andibreit/Pixabay)

A therapy dog was elected a Vermont town’s pet mayor Wednesday.

Murfee was voted mayor of Fair Haven, beating incumbent Mayor Mara Lincoln, a goat, and Sammy, a K-9 on the town's police force, WACX-TV reported.

Murfee, a 3-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, works as a therapy dog for Caring Canines Therapy Dogs of Southern Vermont and visits homes, schools and hospitals.

The pet election was started in 2019 to help raise money for a new playground and get children interested in politics.

"I think Murfee will do a great job with the playground fund, so I really wanted him from that standpoint to win," Lina Barker, Murfee's campaign manager, told WPTZ. "I asked him. He didn't really care, but he's happy.

Murfee will be sworn in next week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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