You hate to see it happen, you really do. You never want to see anyone flush their emotional support hamster down a plane toilet. That is just brutal if it were up to me I’d let the little fella go free and hope he’s learned solid survival skills from our time together. Set him free at the airport where he has a chance to eat snacks and garbage and potentially even make some rodent friends. I refuse to believe the best option was to send Pebbles down the toilet. I can’t stop thinking about how Pebbles suffered, and I can see only one person to point the finger at, and it’s Aldecosea. Spirit Airlines isn’t to blame here, and I don’t think I’ll change my mind. There are a few reasons why I feel this way but let me catch you up on the whole scenario.
— David Ovalle (@DavidOvalle305) February 8, 2018
With her only friends hours away at campus, Aldecosea was stuck. She says an airline representative suggested flushing Pebbles down an airport toilet, a step that Spirit denies. Panicked and needing to return home promptly to deal with a medical issue, Aldecosea unsuccessfully tried renting a car and agonized for hours before doing the unthinkable.
She flushed Pebbles.
“She was scared. I was scared. It was horrifying trying to put her in the toilet,” Aldecosea said. “I was emotional, crying. I sat there for a good 10 minutes crying in the stall.”
First of all, if you have taken the time to get a hamster certified as an emotional support animal, you’re bananas. You’re also ruining it for people who need like legit emotional support animals and trained dogs to get through their everyday lives. I’ve recently read stories of people trying to get all kinds of emotional support animals on planes such as peacocks, pigs, snakes, and spiders. That is no joke, my friends. So all you people need to relax no one wants to be locked in a tin can a million feet in the air with a peacock, pig, or spider. Flying sucks enough as it is without your peacock stomping up and down the row. Now, Aldecosea claims a spirit employee misinformed her that Pebbles was perfectly okay to board the plane and Spirit does admit to that mistake.
“reservation representative, unfortunately, did misinform the guest that a hamster was permitted to fly as an emotional support animal.”
Spirit had agreed with Aldecosea that she would be booked on a flight 9 hours later. Hoping this would give her ample time to find an accommodation for poor Pebbles, R.I.P. She was driving home to get a benign growth on her neck removed. She claims this is the reason she got Pebble’s initially after she found the growth and had a cancer scare. Luckily, the tumor was benign, and Aldecosea is okay. Spirit Airlines spokesperson Derek Dombrowski has gone on to say.
“We did offer the Guest a voucher for the inconvenience, but we never heard back from her. It is incredibly disheartening to hear this guest reportedly decided to end her own pet’s life,”
Poor Hamster, R.I.P. Pebbles.
This is a shitty situation for all parties especially Pebbles. Aldecosea went to the airport being told she could fly with Pebbles. Spirit Airlines has a no rodent, spiders, snakes, or reptiles policy which is fine by me! I can’t think of a lot of people who want to be flying with those creatures. Certainly not Samuel L. Jackson there’s a whole movie about how he feels about this. I feel like this was just a terrible situation that didn’t have to result in flushing your hamster down the toilet. Aldescosea is debating on suing the airline, but I doubt that’ll go her way. In 9 hours there’s no doubt you can find a better situation for your hamster than plunging him down the toilet to a horrible death. I still think Pebble’s blood is on your hands Aldescosea, not Spirit Airlines I’m sorry to say.