Ex-Ohio Firefighter Who Killed Dogs Wants Job Back

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A man is appealing to get back the Ohio firefighting job he lost after he was sentenced to jail for killing his dogs.

In his notice of appeal, David Santuomo tells the Columbus Civil Service Commission he feels he was unfairly fired due to public opinion and political pressure, not for job performance.

A hearing date has not been set.

Prosecutors said 43-year-old Santuomo didn't want to board his two mixed-breed dogs while he went away on vacation so he shot them in his basement in December.

Santuomo pleaded guilty last month to three misdemeanors, including two animal cruelty counts.

He'll begin serving his 90-day sentence in September.

The city's public safety director dismissed Santuomo from the fire department on July 16.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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