12 Feb 2018 Home » Trendy Pets News » Student says she flushed ’emotional support hamster’ after Spirit Airlines denied passage Student says she flushed ’emotional support hamster’ after Spirit Airlines denied passage Posted in Trendy Pets News By irmy2000 On February 12, 2018 Florida college student says Spirit Airlines originally told her the pet was allowed, but denied it entry at the airport Air transport Student says she flushed ’emotional support hamster’ after Spirit Airlines denied passage Florida college student says Spirit Airlines originally told her the pet was allowed, but denied it entry at the airport Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco @juliacarriew Email Fri 9 Feb 2018 02.32EST First published on Thu 8 Feb 2018 14.59EST Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email View more sharing options Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Close The airline has admitted that it mistakenly said the hamster was allowed onboard, but denies that it suggested killing the animal. Photograph: Zuma Press/Alamy Missing a flight can be quite a hassle for your average passenger, but for Pebbles an emotional support dwarf hamster owned by Belen Aldecosea it was downright deadly. Aldecosea flushed Pebbles down an airport toilet after her pet was denied passage on a Spirit Airlines flight on 21 November and she could not figure out any other way to get home to south Florida. The 21-year-old college student said that she had been assured in advance that the hamster could travel with her and said that an airline employee advised her to either flush the animal or let it loose outside. After hours of indecision and unsuccessful attempts to rent a car the hamster owner chose the former, she told the Miami Herald. She was scared. I was scared. It was horrifying trying to put her in the toilet, Aldecosea said. I sat there for a good 10 minutes crying in the stall. Derek Dombrowski, spokesman for Spirit Airlines, acknowledged that the company had mistakenly told Aldocosea that the hamster was permitted to fly, but denied that killing the animal was their idea. We can say confidently that at no point did any of our agents suggest this guest (or any other for that matter) should flush or otherwise injure an animal, Dombrowski said by email. It is incredibly disheartening to hear this guest reportedly decided to end her own pets life. Pebbles is just the latest emotional support animal to make headlines in the US. In January, an emotional support peacock named Dexter was barred from traveling on a United Airlines flight, despite having been bought its own ticket. A spokesman for Spirit Airlines said: It is incredibly disheartening to hear this guest reportedly decided to end her own pets life. Photograph: Robert Alexander/Getty Images In recent weeks, both United Airlines and Delta have cracked down on the wide range of creatures claimed as therapy pets. Such moves have been supported by the union representing flight attendants, which said in a statement that the workers struggle to cope with issues like biting, aggression, urination, defecation, allergic reactions, conflict and other disruptions. But Adam Goldman, a Miami attorney representing Aldecosea, pushed back on any comparison between Pebble and Dexter. This wasnt a giant peacock that could pose a danger to other passengers, he told the Herald. This was a tiny cute harmless hamster that could fit in the palm of her hand. Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us About Author irmy2000 Related Posts This Website Lets You Travel Around The World If You Agree To Take Care Of Other Peoples Pets Puppies invaded a retirement home, preschool, and gym. Pure bliss ensued. If You Have This Dog Food In Your House, DON’T Feed It To Your Pet. Here’s Why.