Mall Santa Turns Away Autistic Child Because Of Service Dog
[su_right_ad]The Orange County, CA Santa was afraid of the child’s service dog.
The incident took place at The Shops at Mission Viejo on Sunday afternoon after Abcde Santos and her 5-year-old pit bull service dog Pup-Cake waited in line for 30 minutes to see Santa – only to be told he would not meet with her, reports Orange County Register.
“For an autistic child to wait in line for 30 minutes, that’s an accomplishment in itself,” said Julie Miller, who is a friend of the family and in charge of the Pup-Cake the Service Dog Facebook fan page.
The Santa was reportedly hired through an outside agency and his name has not been released. After expressing his fear of the dog, the Santos family reportedly offered to remove him from the area so the little girl could visit Santa. The man still refused, according to the family – and then reportedly claimed he was allergic to dogs.
By law, service dogs are allowed in stores and other businesses. But Miller says the Santos family is often treated unkindly because of the dog’s breed.[su_csky_ad]