According to the New York Post, Santino, who had appeared on “All my Children” and Guiding Light,” was forced to put his beloved pit-bull named Rocco to sleep this week after neighbors in his apartment building at 1 Lincoln Plaza began to harass him about having a dog in the building.
According to the Post, in 2010 the condo board “announced strict new dog regulations, including a ban on pit bulls, [however] the ban did not apply to pit bulls already in the building.”
The newspaper quoted one of Santino’s neighbors, a 63-year-old Brooklyn College law professor named Kevan Cleary, as saying that “people were complaining about his dog. It was open season on him.”
The final straw came this week when the out-of-work actor was threatened with a $250 fine for having a barking dog in the building.
On his 47-birthday on Tuesday, Santino put his healthy dog to sleep. The following day his body was found in his bedroom with a bottle of pills next to it.
The news article said that Santino left a suicide note behind saying “Today I betrayed my best friend and put down my best friend…Rocco trusted me and I failed him. He didn’t deserve this.”
Friends said that Santino had Rocco cremated and they plan to cremate Santino also.