A rare triple: Bad Santa, SFNS and a pit bull

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AND a Kitten!

This story has it all.

A Southern California shopping mall has apologized to the family of a young girl with autism after the family said she was turned away from visiting the shopping center’s Santa Claus because the Santa was allegedly afraid of the girl’s service animal.

Abcde Santos (pronounced Ab-Suh-Dee), had patiently waited in line to see the Santa at The Shops at Mission Viejo with her service dog Pup-Cake. Rather than waiting to tell Santa what she wanted for Christmas, the little girl was hoping to ask the jolly man what he was wishing for this year. But before Abcde could make it up to Santa, she was turned away, apparently because the man playing Saint Nick was not a fan of Pup-Cake, a pit bull.

When I first read this, I thought the journo had put Abcde in as a temporary placeholder while confirming the spelling of the little girls name.  Knock me over with a feather when it turns out we have a proper Silly First Name Syndrom case on our hands.

“The fact that Abcde was able to wait in line for 30 minutes was something that was to be highly celebrated,” family friend Julie Miller told ABC. “Any person who has a child on the spectrum would look at that and think, ‘Wow.’ ”

“The dog is not a breed when it is a service animal,” Miller continued. “A service animal is a highly trained companion to an individual and the breed is secondary. The Americans with Disabilities Act gives an individual with a disability the right to have their companion and service animal with them to do the job that they’re trained to do.”

Pup-Cake has been trained to help Abcde feel more comfortable, and travels with her wherever she goes. Miller shared that the Santos family is refraining from interviews about the incident, but they are heartbroken by what happened and the effect it has had on their daughter.

Awwww, is’t that nice?

Turns out, Pup-Cake’s owners are hard nosed ice cold capitalists.  Not that any news outlet is reporting this.  It has its own gooey Facebook page

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“So what?”, you might say.

Well, there is a fair degree of entrepreneurial skill and plain old squeeze their hearts cynicism when you use your autistic daughter and her pit bull to run an online jewelry  store.

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Abcde’s mum and dad certainly are making the best of having an  extra-special child and an unusual service dog.

 

– ABC Inc, Facebook


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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