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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) For the honorary mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, a weekend dogfight was less political, more literal.

Mayor Stubbs the cat is recovering at a veterinarian's office in Wasilla after being injured by a dog Saturday night in the quirky tourist town near Denali National Park.

Owner Lauri Stec tells KTUU that Stubbs suffered a fractured sternum and a punctured lung, and already has undergone three hours of surgery.

Stec is planning to file a police report. She says the would-be assassin "needs to go away."

Residents didn't like the mayoral candidates years ago, so they encouraged enough people to elect Stubbs as a write-in candidate.

Although his position is honorary, Stubbs' popularity is real, earning national stories and subsequent visits from tourists. He normally spends his days at a main street general store.

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