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Autistic Girl Denied A Chance To Meet Santa Because Of Her Pit Bull

She waited in line for 30 minutes with her service dog.

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Abcde Santos (Pronounced Ab-Suh-Dee), waited to meet Santa in the Mission Viejo mall with her parents and pit bull service dog, Pup-Cake on November 30.

According to a press release, the family waited in line for thirty minutes before being turned away because "Santa was afraid of her service dog."

The family's statement (written from the perspective of Pup-Cake) claims he said "those dogs eat people."

"The face of a girl Santa refused to see because 'those dogs eat people.'

(Against the law)

The *L.R. offered to take me completely out of the mall if he would just see her for 30 seconds. Or if he would use her visit time to simply smile and wink at her as she stood on the other side of the gate from far away.

'No because they support those dogs.'

After the laws were explained Santa suddenly became allergic. The L.R.'s again offered to take me completely out of the mall again if he would see her or wave and wink at her from afar, he still refused.

(Against the law)

She was so eager to ask Santa what HE wanted for Christmas so she could make it for him."

*L.R.- Leash Rack aka the mom

A person with a disability cannot be asked to remove his service animal from the premises unless: (1) the dog is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it or (2) the dog is not housebroken. When there is a legitimate reason to ask that a service animal be removed, staff must offer the person with the disability the opportunity to obtain goods or services without the animal's presence.

UPDATE: A woman by the name of Miranda Anderson has been commenting on Facebook about the event saying she is an employee who was present during the incident. According to a message from The Shops at Mission Viejo she is not an employee of the mall or Simon Malls.

UPDATE: According to a press release from the family the Santa was fired by The Shops at Mission Viejo.

UPDATE: The family's PR rep Julie Marie Miller verifies Pup-Cake is a service dog not an emotional support animal.

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