Australian cattle dog enters race for mayor's office in St. John's, N.L.

Published on September 12, 2017

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — A celebrity candidate has entered the mayoral race in St. John's, N.L. — one with fur and four legs.

Finn, a five-year-old Australian cattle dog, is featured in a tongue-in-cheek, campaign-style YouTube video that has been making the rounds on social media.

Owner Glenn Redmond says Finn is an accomplished actor, having played roles in the movie "Maudie" and the television show "Republic of Doyle."

Redmond, a dog trainer, conceded Finn's name won't actually be on the ballot.

But he said the video draws attention to local issues such as pot holes and sidewalk snow clearing.

Finn isn't the first non-human mayoral candidate in the Atlantic region.

Tuxedo Stan, a black and white cat, unofficially ran for mayor of Halifax in 2012 as a way promoting animal welfare in the city.

The Canadian Press