SANTA FE – The six months spanning last New Year’s Eve to the Fourth of July have been a time of loss for Gov. Susana Martinez and her husband, Chuck Franco.
The governor’s father, Jake, died after a long decline due to Alzheimer’s disease on Dec. 31.
In the months that followed, four of the governor’s six pets have died – all due to cancer.
Martinez sat in the living room of the private residence wing of the Governor’s Mansion this week, the patio doors open to the yard her dogs used to romp in, to talk about something that has nothing to do with state government and that cuts across political party lines: the difficult decision to put down a beloved pet.
If you’re a dog or a cat person, you know what it’s like to come home from the vet’s office to an empty house.