Terrified Hamster Allegedly Flushed Down Airport Toilet Deserves Justice

Target: Robert Fornaro, President and CEO of Spirit Airlines

Goal: Investigate reports of airline employee making a woman drown her pet hamster in the toilet, and hold those responsible accountable.

Airline policy regarding animals has invoked strong controversy, but one airline recently took this debate to a whole new low level. In November, a college student allegedly killed her pet hamster by flushing it down a Spirit Airlines toilet. The woman recounted ten minutes of terror for her pet Pebbles as she struggled to perform the act. Worse yet, she charges that airline officials caused and even encouraged this shocking act of animal cruelty.

The trouble began when the woman called to book a flight for an emergency trip home. She says that upon inquiring if she could bring her hamster Pebbles on the flight as an emotional support animal, the airline representative complied with the request: a phone call that Spirit Airlines does not deny. When she arrived at the airport, however, matters deteriorated. After initially passing Pebbles through one checkpoint without incident, an airline employee insisted the hamster could not board the flight. Then, most shockingly, an airline rep allegedly suggested that this passenger ‘take care of her problem’ by either setting the hamster free or by flushing it down the toilet. After hours of trying to find alternate transportation and with no one available to retrieve her animal, the woman argued she made the more humane choice.

While this woman was ultimately responsible for the choice she made and should be held accountable, Spirit Airlines failed in its duty at every step. It vehemently denies that an employee advised the passenger to harm her pet, but the allegations and presumably, the accused employee, remain. Even omitting this alleged action, the airline still provided the passenger with incorrect information. And when confronted, reps were not adequately prepared to help an emotionally distraught passenger in an emergency situation. Airline policies may vary, but the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration states that it has no issues with allowing hamsters on a flight as long as proper protocol is followed.

Sign this petition to hold Spirit Airlines accountable for its inaction and encourage clearer, more humane policies toward pets and their owners.


Dear Mr. Fornaro,

Your policies are meant to ensure the safety and comfort of those under your care. Yet over the holidays, a living being likely lost its life within your doors. Plenty of blame can be assigned in the tragic case of the emotional support hamster flushed down an airport toilet. Please take the recent scrutiny directed at your organization not only as a call for accountability but as an opportunity for improvement.

If the allegation regarding one of your employees encouraging this act of animal cruelty was not investigated internally with good faith and intent, please take this step. You want the best, most competent individuals serving your customers. You also need employees who can navigate challenges and conflicts with thorough problem-solving and communication skills.

Further, these employees should be following clear directives with no room for ambiguity. Consider a more open approach in your pet policies. The U.S. Transportation Safety Administration confirms that as long as guidelines are met and containment is ensured, hamsters and other rodents could be present on an airline with minimal to no problem.

In essence, please move forward with three key tenets in mind: accountability, empathy, and action.


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  1. Svetlana Shersh says:

    Stupid crazy owner must be punished!!!

  2. Richard Hofman Richard Hofman says:

    This world is one crazy stuff indeed!!!
    I would call the girld a person who has lost her brain unless she had ever got something like this!!!

  3. Lisa Finnigan says:

    Charge owner as well as employee!

  4. Bev Woodburn says:

    Robert Fornaro, President and CEO of Spirit Airlines

    Investigate reports of airline employee making a woman drown her pet hamster in the toilet, and hold those responsible accountable.

    The callous college student and all employees must be made accountable for this torture nd suffering that they allowed to be committed against a trusting and helpless little Hampster Pebbles. They must be all jailed for their deliberate animal torture and suffering that helpless and innocent Hampster Pebbles endured. RIP Pebbles. Karma will get them!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I am ashamed to be a human
    idiotic bitch and this employee will hopefully be drowned as well.

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