Iraq Vet Cited For Therapeutic Pet Ducks

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An Iraq war veteran in eastern Ohio is facing a $150 fine or worse after getting a citation for his pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic.

Darin Welker of West Lafayette, in Coshocton County, says he was cited with a minor misdemeanor on June 23 for having 14 ducks.

West Lafayette, about 80 miles east of Columbus, banned residents from keeping fowl and other farm animals in 2010.

Welker has a court hearing Wednesday and faces a fine of $150.

But Welker is more worried about not being allowed to keep the ducks.

He says the birds help him mentally with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder and can help his physical therapy by keeping him more active.

West Lafayette Mayor Jack Patterson declined to comment.