A school pupil from Florida claims she was compelled to flush her emotional help hamster down the bathroom after a Spirit Airlines worker allegedly steered it was one of many solely methods she could be allowed to board a flight dwelling.
Spirit Airlines hit again laborious in opposition to Belen Aldecosea’s declare that she had no alternative however to kill her “emotional help animal” Pebbles so as to get dwelling to her household in Florida. In an announcement the airline stated, “we will say confidently that at no level did any of our brokers recommend this Guest (or another for that matter) ought to flush or in any other case injure an animal. It is extremely disheartening to hear this Guest reportedly determined to finish her personal pet’s life.”
Aldecosea’s lawyer, Adam Goodman, tells TIME that Aldecosea referred to as Spirit Airlines to affirm she may carry her dwarf hamster Pebbles along with her on her flight. After arriving at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Nov. 21, all the things appeared to be going as deliberate till a Spirit Airlines worker approached her saying the animal was not allowed, Goodman says.
The worker allegedly steered Aldecosea, who was finding out at Wilson College 100 miles away, set the hamster free outdoors or flush it down the bathroom, in accordance to the Florida-based lawyer.
Aldecosea finally flushed Pebbles down the bathroom after she was unable to discover somebody to take the hamster or hire a automobile to drive as a substitute of flying, the lawyer says.
Spirit admits an worker initially incorrectly informed her the hamster could be allowed to fly along with her. However, the airline says it organized for Aldecosea to board a flight 9 hours later in order that she may discover lodging for Pebbles.
Spirit’s help animal tips say that the airline doesn’t settle for rodents.
Goodman tells TIME that he and Aldecosea are planning to sit down and “talk about the authorized treatments obtainable,” together with a attainable lawsuit. Aldecosea reportedly acquired the help hamster after she developed benign, however painful golf-ball dimension development in her neck, in accordance to the Miami Herald.
The information follows airways like Delta and United cracking down on help animal and a buyer who was denied entry onto a flight due to their help peacock. Goodman maintains his shopper’s state of affairs is completely different as a result of the hamster is way smaller and fewer seemingly to trigger issues.