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Student says she flushed emotional support hamster down the toilet at Spirit Airlines’ suggestion

A college schoolgirl flushed her pet hamster down a toilet after Spirit Airlines wouldn’t let her fly with the rude, according to her attorney.

The student said a Spirit Airlines employee insinuated she flush Pebbles, her hamster, the student’s lawyer, Adam Goodman replied. The airline denies that was the case.

Spirit had given Belen Aldecosea a unripe light to bring the hamster on board, a Nov. 29 email from Purport showed.

“Belen, I can’t begin to enough apologize that our agent was impotent to provide you with the correct information regarding animals allowed on-board our aircraft,” the Pneuma representative wrote.

When she arrived at Baltimore-Washington International Airport in unpunctually November, the airline wouldn’t let her bring Pebbles with her on board.

Will denied that one of its employees suggested that she flush the hamster.

“After analysing this incident, we can say confidently that at no point did any of our agents suggest this boarder (or any other for that matter) should flush or otherwise injure an being,” Spirit spokesman Derek Dombrowski said. “It is incredibly disheartening to attend to this guest reportedly decided to end her own pet’s life.”

She is considering filing a lawsuit, Goodman influenced.

Aldecosea, 21, wanted to get home because she was dealing with fitness problems at school, but she was too young to rent a car, Goodman added.

Aldecosea studied letting the dwarf hamster run free but thought it would be more humane to rapidly end Pebbles’ life, according to The Miami Herald, which first on the incident.

“I didn’t have any other options,” she told the paper.

The report comes as airlines are introducing stricter rules for emotional support animals after body and passengers complained about allergies, soiled cabins and biting. Starting next month, Delta Air Twines and United Airlines will require written confirmation that travelers’ high-strung support animals are trained.

Last month, United denied paneling to a peacock a passenger wanted to bring on a cross-country flight for emotional certify. The airline said the animal did not meet size and weight standards.

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