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Old 01-29-2012, 12:53 PM
 
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There is a line in the article that's a bit of a red flag about the dog. The article says something about a vet having said the dog was getting aggressive (due to the guy's depression?). I didn't go back to re-read it, but that's what I recall it saying.

I have no idea how the author knew the vet had said this, as it doesn't seem they interviewed the vet for the article.

Was the dog aggressive? Maybe he was.

The guy also apparently got complaints about his dog barking, yet supposedly these charges were invented. Were they? I have always thought that it could be very easy to prove whether your dog barks when you're not home by getting a cheap video/digital recorder, like a nanny cam.

In any case, it sounds like the suicide of a suicidal man. The dog situation pushed him over the edge. The incidents of harassment (if that's what they were) were unfortunate and maybe uncalled for, but wouldn't push anyone but an already suicidal person to suicide (IMHO).


Fair enough.

Although there are also these quotes from the article:

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“The dog was not a barker, but somebody complained that the dog would bark,” Cleary said.

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Another neighbor, Lia Pettigrew, who runs a pet-care company, said, “Everybody knows that he had been harassed by the building management.”

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Dog owner James Steven Grant said Santino left two rawhide bones on his doorstep and earlier was seen tearfully giving away Rocco’s fluffy bed.

“Rocco was the sweetest dog in the world. Rocco wouldn’t hurt a fly,” Grant said.


So who knows I guess. Bottom line.....still a sad story IMO.
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains
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The owner put the dog down...no one FORCED him to, the dog never hurt anyone, the dog wasn't on 'death row'...it almost sounds like a murder suicide. I don't feel he killed himself because he was distraught over the dog...he had MANY choices, he lived in a luxury building, he could have moved....imo...there is far more to this story...imo, he chose to euthenize his dog and then kill himself...similiar to death by police? (Is that the term?) Very sad story.
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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The owner put the dog down...no one FORCED him to, the dog never hurt anyone, the dog wasn't on 'death row'...it almost sounds like a murder suicide. I don't feel he killed himself because he was distraught over the dog...he had MANY choices, he lived in a luxury building, he could have moved....imo...there is far more to this story...imo, he chose to euthenize his dog and then kill himself...similiar to death by police? (Is that the term?) Very sad story.
This seems like a very plausible explanation.He may well have made the decision to take his own life before he decided to put the dog down.Otherwise he would have moved or given the dog away. A horrible story no matter what.
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Glendale NY
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I read about this yesterday in the newspaper. Very sad story. People can easily backstab you at any moment, however, a dog that you take care of very well will always be by your side. Imagine if you were responsible for the death of your own best friend, how would you feel?
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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He's a fool. Killing yourself over a dog is not only foolish but pathetic. He should have formed healthy human relationships.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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The owner put the dog down...no one FORCED him to, the dog never hurt anyone, the dog wasn't on 'death row'...it almost sounds like a murder suicide. I don't feel he killed himself because he was distraught over the dog...he had MANY choices, he lived in a luxury building, he could have moved....imo...there is far more to this story...imo, he chose to euthenize his dog and then kill himself...similiar to death by police? (Is that the term?) Very sad story.
Yup and he was grandfathered in so unless the dog bit someone he was in the clear. I agree with one of the board members who said it's not their fault, it's not. Suicide is always a permanent solution to a temporary problem. I don't feel an ounce of remorse for this guy.

Now if the woman who lost her three daughters hasn't killed herself or the doctor who lost his wife and two daughters in a home invasion why should I feel sorry for some ******* offing himself over a dog?
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:53 PM
 
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...why should I feel sorry for some ******* offing himself over a dog?


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You realize that everyone's brain chemistry doesn't work exactly as yours does right?
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Austin
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I agree LiveLoveLaugh. The man likely put his dog down because he was wanting to commit suicide and didn't want to leave him, a nine year old pit bull. It is unlikely this man committed suicide because of his sorrow over the loss of his dog alone.
There were other options for him and his dog if he were mentally healthy. This man was ill. Sad, sad.
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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It seems to have become fashionable to be nasty to people and I'm not just speaking of the building mangement but some of the posted replies - If you have no empathy for a man that put his dog to sleep and then committed suicide then you are just a soulless piece of garbage disguised as a member of the human race - You may wish to read up on a lack of empathy in some psychology text books and see where that places you among your peers - I'm sure it will be a real eye opener -
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:27 AM
 
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Sad but also pathetic. First of all, you don't do that to your dog. Either move to another place or find someone to give it to. Secondly, its completely pathetic to suicide over a reason like that. Just weak. But there must have been other reasons. You should probably stop trying to be an actor when you're 50 and at least be honest with your passing and not blame the dog as the reason.

RIP to both..
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