Florida woman: Airline told me to flush pet hamster

09 February, 2018, 05:20 | Author: Franklin Nunez
  • A Spirit Airlines flight is seen in a file

The final decision to send Pebbles to a watery grave seemed more humane, she said, than letting the animal free to potentially starve to death or get struck by a auto.

Pebble's owner, Belen Aldecosea was scheduled to fly from Baltimore to her home in Florida on Spirit Airlines.

She says on both occasions she was assured her furry companion was fine to fly. According to the Herald's report, further delays on her trip home were not advisable because of a medical problem.

The solution, she claims an airline representative suggested, was to flush it down a toilet at the terminal.

She considered letting Pebbles loose outside, but feared that the animal would either freeze to death or be hit by a vehicle.

"It's hard, but you really have to look at the circumstances because this whole thing only makes sense with someone telling her to (flush the animal)", Goodman told USA TODAY. "It was like she knew I needed somebody".

But Adam Goldman, a Miami attorney representing Aldecosea, pushed back on any comparison between Pebble and Dexter. I was emotional. I was crying.

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She is now thinking about documenting a claim against Spirit, pointing the finger at them for purportedly forcing her into killing the creature. After contacting six rental auto agencies and even considering taking a Greyhound bus home, which would have taken days, Belen believed flushing her pet was the most humane option.

She declined the offer of a travel voucher offered by the airline.

PETA has since condemned the move, calling it both cruel and illegal. "This must have been a horrific, terrifying death".

Goodman also said that he is an animal lover, but that "some people don't feel that way about animals". This probably been a horrendous, alarming passing'.

Despite Spirits own guidelines the US Transportation Safety Administration allows carry-on hamsters.

Most major USA airlines, however, don't allow rodents on flights over concerns about health and safety. Spirit told the Herald that did not happen, but the damage was done; Aldecosea took the hamster into an airport stall and actually did it.

She later transferred to Maryville College, joining their team as middle/right side, but dropped out after developing the neck cyst and is now a student at Texas State University.

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'She was so cherishing.

"She [Pebbles] was scared".

The tumor ended up being benign, but so still so painful that she withdrew from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and planned a trip back home to Florida to get the growth removed.

According to CNBC, a November 29 email from Spirit had given Belen Aldecosea a green light to bring the hamster on board. Federal regulations allow them, as long as they are not too big or exotic - but airlines can ask for a doctor's note verifying that the passenger needs the animal.

Carriers are persuaded that some passionate help creatures manhandle the tenets, particularly when most travelers frequently need to pay $125 or all the more every approach to expedite a little pet board. United denied boarding to the peacock, saying it failed to meet several guidelines, including those on weight and size. Last month, a woman at Newark's Liberty International Airport tried to bring her "emotional support" peacock aboard a United Airlines flight.

The traveler, recognized by DailyMail.com as the widely praised Bushwick-based picture taker and execution craftsman Ventiko, allegedly offered to pay for a moment seat to suit Dexter.

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