Nick Santino, a soap actor on “All My Children” committed suicide earlier this week. In Santino’s suicide letter he explains that he chose to end his life after betraying his pet dog.
Santino had his pit bull euthanized due to a condo policy that banned pit bulls. Santino wrote in his suicide letter:
“Today I betrayed my best friend and put down my best friend. Rocco trusted me and I failed him. He didn’t deserve this.”
The Condo board expressed their sympathy for Santino’s death but refused to take blame for his suicide. Board member Marilyn Fireman told the International Business Times:
“I’m sorry the man is dead. but it has nothing to do with the pet policy.”
The IB Times reports that the 5-year-old healthy pit bull was put to sleep on Tuesday, which also happened to be Santino’s 47th birthday. The actor died later that night by overdosing on pills.
Catherine Schmidt, Santino’s sister, said that the actor and his dog will be buried together. Schmidt said:
“They’ll be buried together. I knew his dog was important to him, it was abused and he saved him.”
Santino was reportedly harassed by the condo board repeatedly about his dog. The condo banned dogs from riding in elevators, from being left in apartments alone for more than nine hours, and banned pit bulls completely from the premises.
Neighbors have sent letters complaining to the condo board about how they treat pets in the building. Do you blame the condo’s pet policy for Nick Santino’s suicide?