Firefighter Kills Dogs To Avoid Boarding Them During Vacation

A judge has given a 90-day jail sentence to an Ohio firefighter accused of killing his dogs to avoid boarding them while he went on vacation.

Forty-three-year-old David Santuomo of Columbus pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of animal cruelty and one count of possession of a criminal tool -- a homemade silencer he used on the end of a rifle.

Assistant Franklin County Prosecutor Heather Robinson says Santuomo shot his two mixed-breed dogs Sloopy and Skeeter on Dec. 3 after tying them to a pipe in his basement. She says he dumped the remains in a trash bin behind his firehouse.

Prosecutors have said he bragged about the killings to colleagues.

Defense attorney Sam Shamansky calls the crime an isolated event
"totally out of character" for his client.

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  • by DD on Jun 26, 2009 at 01:45 PM
    Al, MrT and I don't see eye to eye on many things but this time we do. He is right.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jun 26, 2009 at 11:32 AM
    I would say that this "mans" life was the only thing out of character. If he had the nerve to shoot two family pets in order to save a few dollars and THEN brag about it he has some issues. We will see this clown in the news again before it is over with!
  • by Mike Location: Washington on Jun 26, 2009 at 10:10 AM
    Watch out! you'll get more time for hurting an animal than you will hurting another person.
  • by wo on Jun 25, 2009 at 09:15 PM
    hey good one mr. T! dont know how this guy can sleep at night, and he bragged about it too! i hope his doggies looked him right in the EYE before he killed them! you know its a sign of a serial killer, someone who brags about or enjoys killing animals first.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 25, 2009 at 06:54 PM
    Al from There, if your parents had thought of this, look how much they could have saved on Pampers and gerber food, and school tuition, and clothes. And most of all, they would have spared us YOUR "WISDOM"!
  • by Al Location: THERE on Jun 25, 2009 at 06:34 PM
    a bullet is cheaper than a week of boarding. Save the county some money, kill the dog and cat at home. $.10 for both
  • by Carol Location: Winterville on Jun 25, 2009 at 03:34 PM
    OMG, what horrible thing to do. What is WRONG with people these days? This is cold-blooded, premeditated murder! I agree with ??? IDIOT should have taken them to the shelter.
  • by J Location: Greenville on Jun 25, 2009 at 01:30 PM
    I swear people need God in their lives!
  • by antoneo on Jun 25, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    sick sick sick
  • by Anonymous on Jun 25, 2009 at 11:51 AM
    I have seen animals turned into the local shelter by people going on vacation knowing that there was a high risk of them being put to sleep and thought that was sick, but this person is past sick.
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