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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Student, 21, Flushed Her ‘Emotional Support’ HAMSTER Pebbles Down the Toilet and Drowned It After Spirit Airlines Banned It from Traveling with Her (and Now She’s Suing)

image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2018-02-08/8e69020f-e5af-4cff-b830-08e871c4c629.pngBelen Aldecosea, 21, was attempting to fly home toting her beloved and cherished support animal, her hamster, Pebbles. Aldecosea claims that she called Spirit Airlines prior to her flight to make sure Pebbles would be allowed on the plane. When she attempted boarding with innocent bright-eyed Pebbles though, staff told her rodents were not allowed to fly. At this point, Aldecosea alleges that Spirit employees told her she could either release Pebbles into the wild or flush him down the toilet. Her flight leaving, Aldecosea was forced to take the heart-breaking measure of disposing of the support pet via an unceremonious, ultimate swirly. She is now considering suing the airline for emotional trauma.

See Hannah Parry, Student, 21, Flushed Her ‘Emotional Support’ HAMSTER Pebbles Down the Toilet and Drowned It After Spirit Airlines Banned It from Traveling with Her (and Now She’s Suing), Daily Mail.com, February 8, 2018.

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