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Student flushes hamster down toilet, blames airline

Student flushes hamster down toilet, blames airline

In her account to the Herald, Aldecosea says tried everything imaginable, including renting a auto (she says there weren't any available) and reaching out to her friends (they were hours away back at school, she says).

Belen Aldecosea had grown close to her pet dwarf hamster, Pebbles, and had called Spirit Airlines twice to make sure it would be ok to bring it aboard with her.

A college student is considering taking legal action against Spirit Airlines, alleging the airline misinformed her before an employee later pressured her to flush her emotional support hamster down a toilet or let it go free since it wasn't allowed on the plane.

Aldecosea said that she wasn't able to leave the airport and book a later flight because of a medical issue.

With no one to come pick up the tiny hamster and no rental cars available, Aldecosea and Pebbles were stuck at the airport - until, Aldecosea claims, an airline employee suggested letting Pebbles go or flushing her, a claim the airline has denied.

Aldecosea changed her flight to buy time to figure out what to do with the animal, but with it being days before Thanksgiving, she was left with few options.

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Spirit strongly denies this allegation: "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", the spokesperson told The Herald.

But a second Spirit Airlines agent, she claims, sprinted toward her, shouting that rodents were not allowed and told her the hamster wasn't allowed in the cargo hold or as carry-on luggage. "Flushing a living being down a toilet is not only cruel but also illegal, and both the person who killed this animal and Spirit Airlines-if an employee did, in fact, advise the woman to drown the hamster-should be charged", senior vice president Daphna Nachminovitch told Life & Style exclusively.

"She was scared. I was scared". I was emotional. I was crying.

Now, Aldecosea is considering filing a lawsuit over the conflicting instructions. "I sat there for a good 10 minutes crying in the stall", she added. Finally, she decided the best option would be to flush Pebbles down the toilet.

Spirit Airlines, specifically, will only allow dogs, cats and small birds on its flights, according to its customer service website.