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K-9 demonstrations called off for rest of Minnesota State Fair, mayor orders

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- After five days of St. Paul police K-9 demonstrations at the Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter directed the police chief to call them off for the rest of this year’s Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Carter’s press secretary, Liz Xiong, said the mayor determined it was the best decision to “temporarily discontinue demonstrations for the remainder of this year’s State Fair” in light of the ongoing audit of the police department’s K-9 unit.

The review is underway after three high-profile instances in St. Paul of K-9s biting and injuring people who were not suspects in the last two years.

Carter “looks forward to resuming this tradition next year, once the audit has been completed,” Xiong said.

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 on Monday, according to Xiong.

The K-9 demonstration has been a fair tradition for more than 20 years.

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