HALIFAX - A cat who gained world-wide fame when he ran for mayor of Halifax is battling a serious illness.
Owner Hugh Chisholm says Tuxedo Stan is resting at home after undergoing treatment for kidney cancer at a veterinary college in Charlottetown.
Chisholm says Tuxedo Stan was admitted to hospital this week after the discovery of a large mass in his abdomen, which turned out to be a cancerous tumour on his left kidney.
Chisholm says the 2 1/2 year old, black and white cat will continue treatment for renal lymphoma, a type of cancer that is not uncommon in older cats.
He says Tuxedo Stan is receiving hundreds of messages of support through his Facebook and website page from fans all over the world.
The black and white cat ran in last fall's municipal election to raise awareness about the plight of stray cats in the city, a campaign that was endorsed by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and CNNs Anderson Cooper.