Grief and despair overcame Santino, a cast member on “All My Children” and “Guiding Light” as he euthanized his dog, Rocco, on his 47th birthday.
“Today I betrayed my best friend and put down my best friend,” Santino wrote in a suicide note, said close friend Stuart Sarnoff to the New York Post.
Santino had rescued Rocco from a shelter several years ago.
The Post reports that Santono, who was raised in an orphanage and foster homes, soon began to write about his pet on Facebook, writing, “I did not rescue Rocco, Rocco rescued me.”
In 2010, Santino’s building changed their dog regulations, including a ban on pit bulls. Neighbors reportedly made life difficult for the actor and his dog.
The New York Post reports that Santino had the healthy dog down over pressure from his landlord last week. “He was distraught and remorseful about putting down his best friend,” Cleary said.
Santino overdosed on pills the night he had put Rocco down.
Am as baffled as you are, we understand It sad that he thought killing his dog was better then moving. He’s a star he could have afforded a house somewhere were the dog could have had a yard which is more suitable to pets.
There had to be more to it and if not then what a damaged person he was behind the cameras out of view. And if he was so upset why didn’t someone stay with him to prevent such a unbelievab
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