HAMSTER HORROR: Woman forced to flush her hamster at BWI
LINTHICUM, Md. (WBFF) -- A beloved pet hamster that was flushed down a toilet at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport is the latest controversial case involving traveling emotional support animals.
Spirit Airlines is at the center of this situation. According to the allegations, the hamsters owner stopped at the ticket counter before making a tearful decision inside an airport bathroom.
Belen Aldecosea, a 21-year-old college student, said the airline forced her to flush her furry pet, Pebbles, down the toilet. Now Aldecosea and her attorney, Adam Goodman, are considering suing the airline.
"We want to make sure that airlines follow protocol and airlines are allowing people who have medical issues to deal with those medical issues," said Goodman.
Goodman said his client was told by spirit airlines that she could fly with Pebbles, her emotional support hamster.
But once at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport for her flight to South Florida, Goodman said the airline refused to let Pebbles on the plane. At that point, Goodman says his client ran out of options for Pebbles' care.
"She didn't really have a lot of options at the airport because she lived two hours away. No one was able to get to her. And she's not old enough to rent a car," said Goodman.
That's one good man says an airline employee suggested his client flush the hamster down the toilet.
But her spirit airlines spokes person told us, "to be clear, at no point did any of our agents suggest this guest should flash or otherwise injure an animal."
Still, goodman blames spirit for Pebbles' plight.
"The whole situation is just sad, all the way around. I think it's sad that this happened. I think it's sad of how the airlines handled it. It's just a sad situation," said Goodman.
Goodman said all of this happened in November, but he's going public now. He said all of this has been an emotional roller coaster for his client.