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TALKEETNA, Alaska (CNN) -- The feline mayor of an Alaskan town is in bad condition after a dog attack. Yes the mayor's a cat.

Mayor Stubbs has a punctured lung and a fracture. But he is breathing on his own.

Stubbs became mayor after his constituents didn't like any of the human candidates. Talkeetna is a "historical district," so the mayor job is more symbolic than functional.