Sunday, November 30, 2014

Little girl with autism is turned away from Santa because of pit bull service dog


Orange County Grinch disguised as Santa attempts to ruin Christmas
Little girl with autism is turned away from Santa because of pit bull service dog
Mission Viejo, California, US November 30, 2014

A little girl with autism waited patiently in line today to meet Santa; not to ask Santa for anything but to ask Santa what he wanted himself for Christmas.

Autism is accompanied by many sensory issues, included self-harm behaviors and feeling overwhelmed at times by lights, sounds, especially when waiting; Pup-cake the service dog’s job is to intervene in those moments.

A family should be celebrating tonight the accomplishment of a child who waited over thirty minutes today at The Shops in Mission Viejo to meet Santa. To her dismay, Santa was afraid of her service dog, a sweet pit bull with as patient a disposition as Abcde, only to be turned away due to what we can only assume is the influence of BSL (breed specific legislation). After the Santos family offered to remove the dog from the area, the building, Santa still refused to see the child; sending her away heartbroken leaving a family to comfort a child instead of celebrating her accomplishments.

The family is dealing with the law-breaking Santa imposter and his Elf assistant, and has contacted Simon Property Group and management at The Shops at Mission Viejo; their goal is primarily and always to educate and inform those ignorant of the American Disabilities Act to ensure there are no more victims.

Tonight, in the hopes of reigniting the holiday spirit in a crushed child, I ask one favor.

Please get out your best Elf costumes, your Santa hats, your beards, your jingle bells and reindeers and bring on the holiday cheer!  Let’s rally together and show Abcde that the REAL Santa, in fact, LOVES her and her dog. Then she can consume these videos in her time in her own home.

Please share your videos using #savePupcakesChristmas and share to your social media. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook – we’ll find them!  Yes, Abcde, there really is a Santa Claus… and he LOVES Pup-cake.


The Santos family is declining all interviews at this time.
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