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Update 7/10/09 – Dismissal Recommended for Dog Killing Fireman!

The POS pictured on the right is David Santuomo, 43, a Columbus, OH, firefighter who last December wanted to go on a cruise with his girlfriend but did want to pay for boarding for his two adopted dogs, Sloopy and Skeeter.  So to save himself some money, he took his dogs into the basement, tie them to a pipe suspending their bodies and shot them both numerous times.  He then dumped their bodies on the plastic he had already laid out, wrapped them up and dumped them in a trash bin behind the fire station where he worked.  What makes this even sadder is that at least two neighbors had offered to watch the dogs while he was away.

This week, as part of a plea deal, Santuomo pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty and one count of possessing a criminal tool a homemade silencer, all three misdemeanors. Franklin County Municipal Judge Harland H. Hale sentenced him to 90 days, to be served over 2 years, $4,500 in restitution, $150 fine, 200 hours of community service and he cannot possess any pets or firearms for 5 years. He also has to write a letter of apology to a firefighters magazine and to readers of The Dispatch newspaper. He has yet to face an internal disciplinary hearing with Fire Chief Ned Pettus Jr.

Felony charges were not pursued because there is no felony animal cruelty law in Ohio!!

After shooting and killing the two dogs he had adopted from the humane society, Santuomo was actually so proud of himself that he bragged to fellow firefighters. Thankfully, they were were not amused, but disgusted by his actions and his bragging.

“He later bragged about killing his pets to fellow firefighters, and he showed no remorse, even joking about it,” Assistant County Prosecutor Heather Robinson said. “Fellow firefighters were disgusted by what he did, and the Capital Area Humane Society was called to investigate.”

His lawyer calls his actions an isolated case and out of character but it seems Santuomo showed his character quite clearly when he gave courtroom reporters the finger.

And this waste of human life is still working as a firefighter!!  Is this someone you would want to trust your life, or the lives of your precious furry family members to in the case of an emergency??  After pleading guilty he should have been removed from his position immediately!  Fired!! And I’d also like to know what this business is of him being allowed to serve his measly 90 day sentence over a period of 2 years?? What makes him so special?

What Can You Do??

Let’s get the word out! Share this, use the email link at the bottom to let everyone know. Then contact the following list of people to express your anger and outrage!

Please send courteous emails/calls to the following contacts and explain why this man SHOULD be punished further and lose his job for committing this heinous act of animal cruelty. This a “black eye” for the Columbus Fire Dept.and the community.

Contact Information

Executive Director Richard N. Rucker
E-mail: rnrucker@dps.state.oh.us

Investigative Services
(Oversees Complaints, Hearings & Compliance)

Melissa Vermillion, Chief of Investigations
Phone: (614) 752-3959
E-mail: mvermillion@dps.state.oh.us

Bob Ruetenik, Investigator Supervisor
Phone: (614) 387-1950
E-mail: raruetenik@dps.state.oh.us

Thomas Gwinn, Investigator
Phone: (614) 387-1403
E-mail: tegwinn@dps.state.oh.us

Karen Mack, Investigative Assistant
Phone: (614) 995-5940
E-mail: kmack@dps.state.oh.us

Ohioans, you need to contact your legislations and reps to make some changes in your laws!! Your state is one of the few that still has no felony animal abuse laws.  Being charged and convicted of only misdemeanors means creting like this can still get on with their lives after what basically amount to no more than a slap on the wrist for a cruel, heartless and brutal crime!!  How much longer are you going to sit back and let people get away with it?? It’s in your hands!  Get proactive and make a difference!

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