Nick Santino, a soap actor who appeared on “All My Children” and “Guiding Light” committed suicide after having to put down his beloved dog. He was found Wednesday after he’d taken an overdose of pills. He left a suicide note describing his anquish about euthanizing his dog, according to the New York Post.
Santino was under pressure from the West Side condo complex he lived in after the policy changed disallowing new pit bulls to live there. While he was basically grandfathered in because he had Rocco before the law was put in place, a group of his neighbors harassed Santino for months to get rid of the dog.
On Tuesday, Santino turned 47 and he had Rocco euthanized. The actor immediately regretted his decision and the guilt was unbearable to him. He made his last call at 2am to an ex-girlfriend. He left a suicide note summing up his sadness for his best friends demise.
“Today I betrayed my best friend and put down my best friend,” Santino wrote in a suicide note reports his friend Stuart Sarnoff. He went on to write, “Rocco trusted me and I failed him. He didn’t deserve this.”
Like many people, Santino thought of his dog as a family member. He adopted the dog several years ago from a rescue shelter and he posted on his Facebook, “did not rescue Rocco, Rocco rescued me.”
Nick was a struggling actor, so times were tough for him in other aspects of his life, but it sounds like the loss of his dog was as much as he could bear.
People don’t tend to think of the worst case scenarios when arguing with your neighbor. For sure the neighbors that were giving this actor such a hard time never thought that this might be the outcome of their actions, but in a roundabout way it was.
Santino will be cremated and Rocco was too, so friends say they will reunite the two together forever with their ashes.
Connecticut has a pitbull rescue organization that places these dogs with new owners. Pitbulls are often not allowed in housing complexes that allow other pets, making it harder for pitbull owners to keep their dogs when they need to move. Even neighborhoods and towns have banned together around the US in certain spots to ban keeping a pitbull dog as a pet.
Reference: New York Post