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St. Paul police dog demonstrations called off at State Fair

August 28, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter has asked the city’s police chief to call off demonstrations of the department’s police dogs for the rest of the Minnesota State Fair.

Carter’s press secretary, Liz Xiong, said the mayor determined it was best to discontinue the demonstrations in light of an ongoing audit of the department’s K-9 unit.

Xiong says Carter looks forward to resuming the tradition next year, after the audit is complete.

The review is underway after three instances in St. Paul in recent years of police dogs biting and injuring people who were not suspects.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the mayor called Police Chief Todd Axtell on Monday night after hearing a showdog, which was not a St. Paul police dog, bit a child at the fair.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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