Actor Kills Himself After Euthanizing Pit Bull

Actor Kills Himself After Euthanizing Pit Bull

We often say, "My dog is my best friend. How often is that really true?"

There's a lot about this story about soap opera actor Nick Santino which is quite troubling. First, if something awful happens to your dog - it's awful, but is that a reason to literally kill yourself? Also, Pit Bulls who have done nothing (or dogs that look like Pit Bulls) are often found guilty, though they did nothing wrong and in some places paying for it with their life is accepted.

A member of the condo board that Santino said pressured him to euthanize his Pit Bull — a “betrayal” that drove him to suicide — refused to accept any responsibility for the double tragedy.

“I’m sorry the man is dead,” board member Marilyn Fireman told the New York Post, “But it has nothing to do with the pet policy. You just assumed that [his suicide] was a result of a board’s decision.”  Reportedly, Santino routinely griped about the building’s anti-dog policies and felt threatened by the Board.

Heartbroken relatives of the actor — who had stints on “All My Children” and “Guiding Light” — have retrieved the ashes of Rocco and plan to place them beside Santino’s body when he is laid to rest.

The healthy, 5-year-old dog was put to sleep Tuesday (January 24) on Santino’s 47th birthday. A few hours later, Santino killed himself in an apparent pill overdose.

There are more questions than answers in this story, at least so far. Did the actor have an going drug problem?

Apparently, the building's condo board want the dog euthanized, though the dog was grandfathered in before there was an anti Pit Bull policy. Why would a veterinarian euthanize a healthy dog without an order by a condo board or court order, or something? Why did Santino feel that pressured when his dog did nothing wrong? Of course, why would he go so far as to kill himself?

Neighbors are blaming condo board members who apparently harassed Santino. And maybe when it comes down it  -  it's this simple. Santino was reportedly so distraught after losing Rocco that he reportedly told a friend that he no longer wanted to live. Can the bond with a dog be that powerful?  (Thank you to Dr. Heneghan for making me aware of the story)


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  • this poor gentleman had more issues than just his dog dying. Its really sad, but I dont think losing a pet is enough to make someone want to DIE. he probably had depression and issues that nobody knew about. either way, it is very sad and depressing but nobody should be blaming a condominium board for anybody's death.

  • There were obviously some other underlying issues that this gentleman was dealing with that perhaps he has taken to his grave. The condominium board may have aggravated the situation, but, this was not a suicide just because he was "forced" to put his dog to sleep. It does appear that the neighbors knew about the condominium board harassing this gentleman. That fact should be investigated and there should be some sort of restitution to the family if found guilty. However, what I am NOT understanding is (1). Why didn't he deal with this issue through the courts since his dog was grandfathered in before the rule was made? and (2). Why didn't he just choose to MOVE and live happily ever after with his dog?

  • Thanks for your ask great questions - as I said, more questions than answers....

    Keep the comments coming - and perhaps I can find a way to learn more over time.

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    Yes Marilyn Fireman and all the rest you should be ashamed of harassing this man about his dog. Dogs are so loving, not like some people who are evil.

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