Texas Student Flushes Pet Hamster Down Toilet After Being Turned Away By Spirit Airlines

Submitted by: littlemissqt 1 week ago in News & Politics


Another emotional support animal situation -- and of course now she's suing.

In a report from The Miami Herald, a Texas State University student said she was forced to flush her emotional support animal down an airport toilet after Spirit Airlines blocked her from bringing the pet on her flight.

Belen Aldecosea, 21, told the Miami Herald that she verified twice with Spirit Airlines that she could bring Pebbles — a pet dwarf hamster certified by her doctor as an emotional support animal — before she arrived at the Baltimore airport to fly to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Ms. Aldecosea, who was flying home to have a golf-ball size growth removed from her neck, said Spirittold her it was OK to bring the hamster, which the airline confirmed.

“Our reservation representative, unfortunately, did misinform the guest that a hamster was permitted to fly as an emotional support animal on Spirit Airlines,” airline spokesman Dombrowski told The Herald.

But when Ms. Aldecosea tried to board her flight, Spirit employees informed her that rodents were not allowed and could not be stored in cargo. She said she accepted a flight later that day to try to figure out what to do with Pebbles, but didn’t know anyone who could come and pick her up. She said that’s when a Spirit employee advised her to release the animal outside or flush it down the toilet — a claim the airline denies.

“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,” Mr. Dombrowski told The Herald.
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Female 1,285
At least she didn’t shove it up her ass....
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Male 1,975
I was checking to see if there were any updates concerning this useless cunt.
Apparently she has a new hamster.
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Male 6,096
I think I need an Emotional Support Human. Is there such a thing?
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Male 41,419
squrlz4ever    Yes there is an Emotional Support Human.... See "Renting Boyfriend" thread.
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Male 1,765
squrlz4ever there may be but IAB would not be the best place to look
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Male 2,123
I find the entire concept of "emotional support animals" to be a bit odd to begin with. Then, factor in the fact that, as an example, an airline is NOT ALLOWED to even ask if an animal is for "emotional support". I feel that in order to take an "emotional support animal" into ANY public area, you should have a certification from a doctor saying that you NEED this animal, and you should be required to PRODUCE said certificate upon request. No certification, because you "left it at home"? No problem! Your ass isn't getting in with your animal. Too many people with absolutely NO "emotional support needs" use the loopholes in the system to take their pets with them, simply by claiming that it is a "support animal", because they know that no one is allowed to call them out on it.
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Female 8,292
She's sueing? She should be prosecuted- a few phone calls and the animal could have another home- but she chooses to drown it in ordure? vile woman.
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Male 15,660
Could she not have Richard Gere'd the little critter past security? 
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Male 1,765
Draculya furry butt plug?
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Male 418
Have this dipshit charged with animal abuse.  The airline suggested to let it go free or dispose of it.  She apparently spent "hours" looking for another route but can't think of another way besides killing the animal?  Could've given the thing away in that time.  Fuck her. 
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Male 3,524
Spay her so she don't further contaminate the gene pool.
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Male 840
captkangaroo They should make "Making Children" as complex as Trigonometry.

That way stupid people couldn't do it.

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Male 1,994
I have no words for the stupidity and horror of this story.
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Male 282
So if I get a really short short trumpie, call it an emotional support animal, and they make me flush it down the toilet, I get money on top if I sue? Crap.... You're making it really difficult. 
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Male 1,680
Anyone remember that thing we used to have?  I think it was called "common sense".
Or that other thing? I believe it was "accountability for our own actions".

Yea. Both long gone.
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Male 392
squidbush I'm not too certain that common sense was ever that common.
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Female 4,875
I'm calling bullshit on this one.
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Male 4,583
There is no such thing as a certified support animal. In Florida it's a 500$ fine for that nonsense. 
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Male 41,419
dm2754 Sadly in California anything can be an ESA.  I've seen pet guinea pigs {tailless rats} on the table with people at McDonalds and nothing the restaurant can do because of law suits.
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Male 840
This woman is obviously emotionally challenged. If she flushed the animal (whether or not being told to do so) then she is mentally unfit.

Hopefully the growth is somehow attached to her brain, and when they remove it, she drops dead...
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stifler No it was a growth attached to her neck... in the old days we called that a "head", in modern times it has been replaced with a balloon full of entitlement and lacking the capability to be accountable for one's own actions...
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Male 840
bret_watson well quite frankly, you've nailed that one right on the head!
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Male 4,775
Did they really flush it down the toilet?  That is some cold-blooded shit.
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Male 1,765
daegog I'll bet the little fella welcomed the trip down the pipes to get away from that airhead meat bag.
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Male 1,975
Someone please tell me that this useless cunt will face animal cruelty charges?
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Male 6,096
Gerry1of1 True dat. No one's ever mistaken me for a hamster. I'm a wild critter and as contrary as the wind. I can be domesticated for a few minutes of belly rubs with a handful of peanuts, but that's about it.

See, the thing is, you decide to let humans turn you into a pet for the free noms? The next thing you know you're flushed down a toilet. 
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Male 1,765
squrlz4ever or they dress you up an a little sweater and destroy your self esteem.
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Male 6,096
woodyville06 LOL! That too. 
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Male 41,419
squrlz4ever   
I admit I've seen better days but I still can't 
be had for handful of peanuts....like a cocktail !
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Male 6,096
Gerry1of1 We all have our price. I'm essentially a little whore the minute nuts enter the picture.

OK, I know where you're going with that. Stop that right now!
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Male 41,419
squrlz4ever     
" I'm essentially a little whore the minute nuts enter the picture. "

That's what your mum said to me last night.
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Male 6,096
Gerry1of1 ~flings acorn at Gerry~ *fume*
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Male 6,500
squrlz4ever Emotional support squirrels = comfort food
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Male 41,419
Emotional support animals are nice to have around, but not necessary as a service dog is.

I have 2 tenants with "therapy pets" and they get to work fine without them but insist on taking them into restaurants and theatres. 
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Male 739
Seriously - My pets aren't emotional support animals.  Unless that emotion is frustration and disgust (why eat those things if you are just going to barf it up on my carpet‽), but I would never do something like this.  

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Female 85
if you were really really really attached to an emotional support animal, you would DO ANYTHING to save that animal, no matter what!!!!!
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Male 6,096
chickenfarts I agree with both you and Kalron on this. None of this makes sense. That poor hamster was drowned in the most horrid way imaginable. Oh, and remind me never to fly on Spirit Airlines.
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Male 9,025
squrlz4ever If you hold REAL STILL we can pass you off as a curio....
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Male 6,096
megrendel I could do that. Shades of Stuart Little, my favorite literary rodent.

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Male 6,500
squrlz4ever. No Watership Down or Aesop Fables?
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Male 6,096
thezigrat Watership Down was one of my favorite books from my adolescence.
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Female 4,875
squrlz4ever 50 Shades of Grey Squirrel
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Male 6,500
melcervini Red Squirrel Of Courage?
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Male 6,500
thezigrat Or Tail of Two Rodents?
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Male 6,500
thezigrat Of Mice and Men?
   King Rat?
      The Blue And The Grey Squirrels?
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Male 4,236
I'm sorry, but if this was a "support" animal, there is no way you would flush it down a toilet.  You would go through any length to make sure it was properly taken care of.  Can't see a Spirit employee suggesting that, but airlines have done some stupid shit recently as well.
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kalron27 This. I'm not going to kill my dog just to get on a flight, and its not even a 'support' animal. 
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