New York – After succumbing to pressure, Nick Santino, a soap opera actor, was so distraught about having, Rocco, his healthy pit bull mix euthanized Tuesday, that he commit suicide from remorse, devastation, and depression.
Santino, who appeared on All My Children and Guiding Light, was found dead by police in the bedroom of his NY condo, on what was his 47th birthday. It appears he died from a pill overdose.
The building had enforced strict new laws in 2010 against this breed living in the building. However the law didn’t apply to pit bulls that were curently living there.
But Santino found himself continuously harrassed and received complaints by neighbors and building management about Rocco. He was not allowed to use the main elevator or leave Rocco for more than 9 hours unattended.
In a suicide note, he wrote:
‘Today I betrayed my best friend. Rocco trusted me and I failed him. He didn’t deserve this.’
He even wrote on his Facebook wall “I did not rescue Rocco, Rocco rescued me.” After he had Rocco euthanized, he was seen giving the doorman treats to give to other dogs because “Rocco was no more.” He left other belongings of Rocco’s to other neighbors.
Many would say he could have made better choices, like moving to a place where Rocco would be openly accepted, or just deal with it because his dog was allowed to stay there according to the rules. But depression often changes one’s perception and to him at the time, this was the solution.
But why should it be? It is not fair that this dog be forced to live any differently than any other breed of dog, and carry around this reputation of being “dangerous”. People have got to stop dramatizing and believing these horrible untruths.
It’s extremely sad that a man and his dog are dead for something that should never have happened. Rocco has been cremated and Santino will be too. Now they can be together forever without fear of harrassment or discrimination.
Rest in peace together Nick and Rocco.
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The dog was cremated after being put down. Santino, too, will be cremated.