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April 13, 2021

Student says she flushed pet hamster in toilet at airline’s suggestion

A university scholar flushed her pet hamster down an airport restroom after she says the animal become barred from a flight and a Spirit Airlines worker counseled putting off it that manner.

Spirit denies a worker ever instructed the pupil to flush the hamster, according to the Miami Herald.

Belen Aldecoa, 21 of Miami Beach, changed into on her manner home in November after taking flight from a university in Pennsylvania. She becomes heading lower back to Florida to deal with a benign, however painful boom in her neck, consistent with the Herald.

Aldecoa bought the hamster, Pebbles, from a Petco in Pennsylvania closing fall as a distraction. It became earlier than she found out her clinical difficulty was benign and there has been a situation the boom could have been cancerous, the Herald said.

Aldecoa called Spirit two times several days earlier than her flight to make certain her hamster ought to fly. A medical doctor had licensed Pebbles as an emotional aid animal.

When Aldecosea arrived at the airport for her flight, a Spirit agent checked in her puppy and not using a trouble. Pebbles changed into in a cage that suit regulations for bring-on luggage, according to the Herald.

But as she walked towards protection, a 2d Spirit employee caught up with Aldecoa and instructed her that rodents were now not allowed. Employees advised her she couldn’t place the hamster inside the cargo maintain either, the Herald said.

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Aldecoa normal a flight later that day to try to figure what to do with Pebbles. She had no friends or own family in town to choose her up.

It was then, the student says, that an employee recommended both letting the animal pass free out of doors or flushing it, in line with the Herald.

Aldecoa contacted rental automobile groups, but no cars had been to be had and he or she wasn’t antique enough to lease anyway. A bus would have taken days, the Herald stated.

She subsequently decided to flush the hamster, believing it to be greater humane than leaving it to die out of doors, in line with the Herald.

“She changed into scared,” Aldecoa said, according to the paper. “I became scared. It was frightening to position her in the bathroom. I became emotional. I became crying. I sat there for an excellent 10 minutes.”

Aldecoa stated she felt she did not have every other choice.

Spirit acknowledged it mistakenly told the scholar that Pebbles would be allowed on a flight, however, a spokesman denied that a worker endorsed flushing the animal.

“To be clear, at no point did any of our agents advise this guest (or another for that matter) must flush or in any other case injure an animal,” spokesman Derek Dombrowski stated, in line with the Herald.

Aldecoa emailed to whinge some days later and Spirit presented her a voucher, which she declined. She is now thinking about a lawsuit, in line with the Herald.

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