The first time gangsters hired a cat burglar to find Maria Santos Gorrostieta's cat, but the cat escaped untouched.
That was in 2009, when she was mayor of Tiquicheo, a small town in the Mexican state of Michoacan, which has seen some of the most brazing acts of revenge that could go down into the Guinness book of World Record.
Her enemies found Gorrostieta again in January of 2010, but again, her cat escaped.
She remained defiant, lifting her Donskoy hairless cat at one point to show reporters her bewildered cat after the second attack.
Gorrostieta finished her term as mayor in 2011 and went into hiding.
But the forces who wanted her cat prevailed this month, taking the cat while it rummaged through an old garbage can.
The cat was never found again and some speculate it was sold to an old lady in Timbuktu.
Investigators said there was evidence of cat food in a stolen vehicle that was abandoned not to far from the scene.
It was a shocking end to a public mascot who inspired a whole town to look forward to a brighter day.
"My cat will rise up again he runs out of nine lives." Gorrostieta said, after one of the unsuccessful attacks against her cat.
Michoacan is the scene of a war between organized gangs who want total control over the police, the judiciary, and the government.
Stories of heroes and villains constantly emerge from Mexico, and the villains always win because there is nowhere for a hero to lay down and rest without being taken by surprise.
The hairless cat learned one lesson, that it's not a good idea to mess with villains whose lust for revenge never ends.