LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Nick Santino, the Guiding Light and All My Children character actor who committed suicide Wednesday, is prompting a debate about pit bulls in New York City condos. Nick Santino killed himself after a dispute with his building’s management at One Lincoln Plaza. Nick Santino had appeared in shows like Royal Pains and Gossip Girls. But several years he adopted a pit bull, Rocco. That dog, however, prompted a dispute with his building.
Nick Santino said that Rocco had rescued him, not visa-versa, after Santino adopted the runaway dog from a local shelter. The pit bull was in perfect health. But the New York Post claims that, after his adoption of Rocco, Nick Santino’s condo board slowly adopted new pet-policies. One Lincoln Plaza did not comment in a newly published article by the New York Post. In it, the Post claims the pet-polices were “oppressive rules”.
The full extent of those policies are not detailed in the Post news report. But the paper claims “Dogs were forbidden from riding in the main elevator or from being left alone in apartments for more than nine hours. Breeds like Rocco — whom Santino adopted from a shelter — were outlawed, though he was grandfathered in.”
While Rocco was grandfathered in, the Post claims that Santino still suffered alleged harassment from 1 Lincoln Plaza condo board members. The Post claims that Rocco wasn’t allowed in the elevator and couldn’t be left alone for more than nine hours.
For Santino, that caused a problem. In 2011, Santino began to appear in more roles again. With long production shoots, Santino appeared in Royal Pains and the Gossip Girl series last year, but had to figure out Rocco’s living situation still.
One neighbor, Lia Pettigrew, tells the Post “Everybody knows that he had been harassed by the building management.” With the only pit-bull mix in the building, Santino ultimately on Tuesday euthanized Rocco. Hours later, Santino went into a deep depression. He gave away the dog’s food to the doorman. He then wrote a suicide note to his friend on Wednesday, hours before he took his life.
One Lincoln Plaza has refused to comment about the news report and the allegations published in the Post. But board member Marilyn Fireman tells the Post today “I’m sorry the man is dead. But it has nothing to do with the pet policy….You just assumed that [his suicide] was a result of a board’s decision.”