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Woman Says Airline Forced Her to Flush Emotional Support Hamster Down the Toilet

A student has claimed that an airline made her flush her emotional support hamster down the toilet.

21-year-old Belen Aldecosea of Miami Beach told the Miami Herald that Spirit Airlines refused to let her carry her hamster Pebbles on-board her flight to South Florida, even though she had reportedly called the airline twice to confirm that her emotional support pet was allowed with her. When she arrived at the airport, Spirit refused to let her fly with her animal.

Stuck at the airport, Aldecosea tried to rent a car but proved unsuccessful due to the busy holiday season and Aldecosea not being old enough to rent a car regardless.

It was then that an airline representative reportedly suggested she flush Pebbles down the toilet. Distraught, she did exactly that.

“She was scared. I was scared. It was horrifying trying to put her in the toilet,” Aldecosea told the Miami Herald. “I was emotional. I was crying. I sat there for a good 10 minutes crying in the stall.”

She considered letting Pebbles run free outside but decided it would be more humane to end her life immediately, instead of being left to die in the cold:

“I didn’t have any other options.”

Though Spirit had confirmed that they gave Aldecosea the wrong information regarding her hamster, they deny that a Spirit employee suggested she flush Pebbles away.

Spirit Spokesman Derek Dombrowski said in an email:

“Our reservation representative, unfortunately, did misinform the guest that a hamster was permitted to fly as an emotional support animal on Spirit Airlines.

To be clear, at no point did any of our agents suggest this guest (or any other for that matter) should flush or otherwise injure an animal.”

Aldecosea has declined a voucher for a free flight from the airline, and is now considering filing a lawsuit against Spirit. Though there are parallels between this story and the one of an emotional support peacock being refused travel, Aldecosea’s South Florida attorney Adam Goodman postulates that this case is different.

“This wasn’t a giant peacock that could pose a danger to other passengers. This was a tiny cute harmless hamster that could fit in the palm of her hand.”

Pebbles was a doctor certified comfort animal, which Aldecosea purchased after the stress of a cancer scare whilst at college.

Feature image via South China Morning News

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Maverick

    February 12, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Pebbles was going to freeze to death outside, in Miami? Sounds like the only danger it had from freezing was in the care of this snowflake.

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  3. PunJabber

    February 12, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Too bad a fellow passenger didn’t have his emotional support gopher snake along. But perhaps she should have smuggled it aboard with her gerbil — I’m sure there was still room in there for Pebbles.

    P.S. MILO, it sure is QUIET in here! Surely there must be a happy ground between this desert and the 20k-post BB tsunamis. Why not Disqus, or some other conversation-friendly engine?

  4. Elizabeth Lewis

    February 13, 2018 at 5:48 am

    That’s just disturbing on too many levels. She drowned her hamster and thought that was more humane than letting him go? The airline wouldn’t let a tiny hamster on the plane? Was she nowhere near home? How did she get to the airport? I’m sorry but if someone told me just to flush one of my animals, they would need a surgeon to get my foot out of their ass. I just don’t get people. If she had run screaming through the airport saying they want to kill my hamster someone would have gotten video to be shown at 5pm with an apology from the airport.

  5. Alex B

    February 13, 2018 at 7:09 am

    MADE her flush her critter?
    Keyword, REPORTEDLY suggested she flush the furball.
    Considering she had the mental temperament to actual carry out the idea, I dare say she also has the mind to make up a bullshit story on the fly (heh) about the whole damn thing.

    “This wasn’t a giant peacock that could pose a danger to other passengers. This was a tiny cute harmless hamster that could fit in the palm of her hand.”
    It’s like these idiots think that because it’s small it’s less of a trouble on an airplane. A hamster is pretty much exactly the size you do not want to have on the loose in the cabin.

    Finally,
    [Pebbles was a doctor certified comfort animal, which Aldecosea purchased after the stress of a cancer scare whilst at college.]
    I’m sorry, can you run that by me again? She requires a support animal because nothing happened to her?

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