Skip to comments.Soap-Opera Actor Euthanizes Pet Dog, Kills Self
Posted on 01/28/2012 1:22:15 PM PST by smokingfrog
A down-on-his-luck soap-opera actor took his own life this week after he was forced to put his beloved dog to sleep under pressure from his New York City condo, friends said.
Nick Santino euthanized his dog, Rocco, on Tuesday, on Santino's 47th birthday. That night, his guilt over the gut-wrenching decision became too much to bear.
"Today [Tuesday], I betrayed my best friend and put down my best friend," he wrote in a suicide note, according to close friend Stuart Sarnoff. "Rocco trusted me, and I failed him. He didn't deserve this."
Santino -- a struggling actor whose TV credits include "All My Children" and "Guiding Light" -- adopted pit bull Rocco from a shelter several years ago.
The Brooklyn-born performer, who was raised in an orphanage and foster homes, soon began to write about his pet on Facebook, saying, "I did not rescue Rocco, Rocco rescued me."
But in 2010, his building at 1 Lincoln Plaza announced strict new dog regulations, including a ban on pit bulls. The ban did not apply to pit bulls already in the building, but friends and neighbors said Santino began to feel harassed.
"People were complaining about his dog," according to neighbor Kevan Cleary, 63, an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School. "It was open season on him."
Rocco could not ride in the main elevators and was not allowed to be left in the apartment alone for more than nine hours.
Santino then was threatened with a $250 fine for having a barking dog, neighbors said.
The building's management refused to comment Friday.
After months of increasing anguish, Santino had the healthy dog put to sleep Tuesday.
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Anyone who has pets can identify with this story.
Simply moving was not an option??
If anyone had forced me to take my dog’s life, I would have done the same as this gentleman did.
Sometimes a dog isn’t just a dog or just a pet.
A dog is what keeps us hanging onto this life, minute by minute.
RIP Mr Santino and Rocco!
“Simply moving was not an option??”
Exactly. Or giving the dog to someone in the country who keeps pit bulls?
moving might not have been an option. It was a condo not an apt. Renting an apt is not easy in NYC.
That is a horribly sad story. I do indeed identify. I hope the people who live in his building feel like the selfish pieces of crap they are.... but creatures that low on the totem pole rarely understand much of anything.
His suicide was because of his realization that he could have done much better for his dog. Doesn't appear he was a very clear thinker.
How terribly sad, especially that he was so alone he had no one to help him with this problem. Rest in peace.
Children who are raised in institutions like this actor have very fragile egos and are emotionally crippled in many ways.
That is why a loving biological mother and father are crucial to healthy emotional development. Destroy the family and you destroy children and make them emotionally weak, so they are unable to fight against tyranny.
Well the dog lovers will be out to get me, but this is just dumb and indicative of the rot in our civilization.
Why does this 47 year old “man” not have a wife and children to anchor him to reality and life?
Why was this adult male unable to effectively problem solve and find a new adoptive home for his dog and/or just find a new place to live if the dog was so important to him?
What, five post already and none of the “Kill ‘em all” Pitbull haters have chimed in yet?
Sad story, guy should have thought and fought harder against the mindless drones.
Or even a "life partner."
Too bad you’ve never known the real love from a pet.
I feel sorry for you.
Too bad you’ve never known the real love from a pet.
I feel sorry for you.
I would be living under a bridge, wiping my ass with leaves before I gave up my dog for the convenience of my neighbors.
Umm, had no wife because he was g a y (judging from the photos). Life in NYC can be very, very rough going. No one has any extra space - no one will adopt a pitbull out of the blue. He owned his place, so moving would have been almost impossible.
Giving the dog away is not always an option as no one wants an older dog with issues who has had a life with one person or family. Tough situation. We have an older, sweet Great Pyrenees that likely will be put down sooner than later due to a long series of health issues that we have spent literaly 1000s of dollars on. She is about 9 years old, active, loving but a real imposition in terms of barking, shedding, thyroid issues, allergies and he like. Dogs we have had came to their end when their conditions were much worse, but sometimes an accumulation of circumstances lead to a decision that you don’t want to make and will likely feel very bad it after you do. That is probably what happened here.
There are PLENTY of places he could have gone to get Rocco adopted. We once had to get rid of a dog because of a child’s allergy, and within a day found a place that takes dogs and never puts them down, even if they don’t find an adoptive home.
A good looking orphan boy would be a natural target for the homosexual predators and the source of life long depression.
G a y kills.
Lady, I have no idea what you’re talking about and neither do you!
I have cried over many a dog, and the pain seems so unbearable the first few days. But life goes on, and you adapt to life without your pet. Sometimes you get a new one, and it fills the void. But I also have a sister who lost two children, both at the age of 10, who succumbed to a rare fatal disease. I’m pretty sure she felt as low as a human being can feel, but despite her grief, she has managed to keep living her life. But she is a strong Catholic and is waiting for the day when she will be reunited with her two children in heaven.
Hate to tell you this, but the shelters and rescues are full. With the economy being the way it is, with people losing their houses or getting kicked out of their rental housing, their pets are crowding the shelters. Many shelters and rescues will not take a pit or pitbull cross because they can’t place them, so the dog is just euthanized.
People on this thread are saying the guy should have gotten psychiatric help. OF COURSE he should have gotten psychiatric help. He was a very damaged person and he seems to have been pretty much alone in the world, except for the dog. Sometimes people who are emotionally damaged alienate others, which deepens the mental pain. And sometimes the people who need psychiatric help the most just can’t make themselves get it BECAUSE they’re damaged.
Poor man, poor dog. I hope my priest is wrong and they’re together on the other side of the Bridge.
Hear here! I lost my little furry freind, Goosecat only a few days ago. He was over sixteen years old. If the city told me I had to do away with him to live here I would be moving my things from the town before nightfall. Lord I miss my little friend.
To me it's living in the twilight zone; but then again, who am I to judge.
In New York?
Thanks to rent controls, nobody ever moves.
Just occurred to me that for the money they pay in NY for a condo, they could have a McMansion here in New Jersey. Of course, it is Jersey...
Further on in the article, it indicates that a vet believed that the dog was becoming more aggressive. Maybe he had been abusing the dog and felt guilty about that? We'll never know.
Yes he could, but I don’t know how long it would take to get to Broadway from Jersey.
There is no way I’d ride the subway after 6.
Some of us are too badly marred to be effective husbands, even if the man wasn’t gay.
As a conservative, it seems there would be many other aspects of this sad story worthy of your note and condemnation.
A damaged, solitary person found love through a dog and was driven over the edge by asinine busybodies.
Does this not disturb you in the least? It should, otherwise you come across as rather damaged, yourself.
You gonna get flames.
“Anyone who has pets can identify with this story.”
I must be honest with you, I could put down my pet without much of a problem. It’s not like it would fill me with glee, but, I see animals as animals, not soul mates.
I think if you consider an animal a soul mate you are projecting too much. It is inappropriate for people and to me is indicative of a problem.
Nobody forced him to put his dog to sleep. He could have moved. Sell the co-op, buy a house in Bayonne.
Is that fair? Are we all obligated to live with an increasingly aggressive pit bull next to us, when his presence was against condo rules? Does it make me an asinine busybody to expect everyone in the condo building to keep the agreed rules?
Let a ghost dog haunt all of them, forever.
According to my reading, it was not against the new rules in the instance of his dog, since he was present beforehand, but that's when what sounds like specific harassment began. I saw no indication of aggressive behavior in the article. It does appear that the dog may have barked when left alone for any length of time.
This is a sad story on many levels.
A sensitive young man says that ‘the dog rescued him’ and clearly was very attached to the animal...a pit bull.
He must have overlooked or denied the fact that pit bulls have the reputation of being aggressive to strangers, children and even their owners - resulting in most people being fearful of them.
Condos and apartments are not good environments for any dogs - because they bark when left alone, smell and sometimes bite.
It is selfish to own a dog in shared buildings as it is selfish to resent those who do own dogs - when the rules allow it.
We often make mistakes in our choices - this tragedy will not change attitudes in the survivors or future dog owners.
While I agree with you that pets should not be considered a human’s equal, some people don’t have, for whatever reason, the capacity to form deep human friendships.
For some people, it is a life of complete solitude or some level of interacting with a pet.
In this case, denying this man his dog left him without options.
Can never understand these selfish people. Find a place for the dog before you end your miserable life, you POS!
As with the other trends in this decline, I’ll just watch the show. Wow. Those of you with any sense remaining, there’s the other, healthier side of it (after repudiation, fall of the insane, contemporary socio-political class, currency adjustment, etc.). Have fun. Enjoy the slide.
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