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This is so sad!
Nick Santino, a soap opera actor who lived in the Upper West Side of New York was forced to put down his pit bull mix, and the stress of it all lead to his suicide.
His condo passed strict dog regulations, which banned pit bulls. Except for tenants who already had pit bulls.
This didn't stop neighbors and management from continually harassing him though.
The dog couldn't ride in the main elevators, and couldn't be in the apartment alone for more than 9 hours.
Santino was even threatened with a $250 barking fine, even though his dog wasn't a barker.
After dealing with this unwarranted bigotry, (yes bigotry, because it's an unfounded bias against pit bulls) Santino was forced to euthanize his dog.
Neighbors said Santino, in tears, handed the doorman a bunch of dog treats and said:
"Give these to the other dogs. Rocco is no more."
Later the next day, police found Santino dead in his apartment, overdosed on pills.
He wrote in his suicide note:
"Today I betrayed my best friend and put down my best friend."
That is absolutely heart-wrenching.
We can understand the kind of ultimate loss that he must have experienced but suicide is NEVER an option!
The world may seem like it's falling down around you but remember, please know this… it gets better.
It gets better.
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