wait...wait....wait.....emotional support hamster?
Belen Aldecosea obtained Pebbles during a cancer scare that happened her freshman year at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
She said the hamster was a doctor-certified companion, but more important, a friend at a time when she needed one.
“She was so loving. It was like she knew I needed somebody,” the 21-year-old told the Miami Herald on Thursday.
Aldecosea said she contacted Spirit Airlines twice before her flight to ensure her hamster could join her on the plane, and a reservation representative told her there would be no problem.
But she heard a different story when she and Pebbles arrived at the airport, and airline employees wouldn’t let the hamster board the plane.
Aldecosea was stuck since she had no one nearby who could take custody of Pebbles. She said a rep for Spirit suggested she flush the hamster down an airport toilet.
When Aldecosea was unable to rent a car or arrange other more hamster-friendly transportation, she did the unthinkable.
“It was horrifying trying to put her in the toilet,” Aldecosea said. “I was emotional. I was crying. I sat there for a good 10 minutes crying in the stall. (Huffington Post)
SHE FLUSHED HER PET HAMSTER. I can't even.
Spirit confirmed that Aldecosea was given incorrect information and was told that her hamster could fly, but they deny that anyone told her to flush her pet. I know who I believe, though, and it isn't the airline.