Dog announces retirement as mayor of Minnesota town

June 20 (UPI) — A Minnesota dog’s owners announced the canine is retiring as the city’s mayor after being elected to four terms in office.

Mayor Duke, a great Pyrenees, was first elected to the mayoral office in Cormorant about four years ago in a write-in campaign and he was reelected to three more terms.

Dave Rick, Duke’s owner, said it’s time for the 13-year-old dog to retire as ceremonial mayor of the town, which boasts a population of about 1,000.

Duke’s duties during his tenure as mayor have included leading parades, appearing on billboards and serving as the town’s ambassador.

Jolene Beckman, a local elementary school teacher, is releasing a children’s book based on Duke’s time in office.

A farewell parade for the canine mayor is being planned for August.

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