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Iraq vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio veteran who hurt his back during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic.

Darin Welker says officials in the village of West Lafayette told him to get rid of his ducks in May. They cited him for a minor misdemeanor June 23 for failing to comply.

The village banned residents from keeping fowl and other farm animals in 2010.

The Coshocton Tribune reports that Welker has a court hearing Wednesday and faces a fine of up to $150.

But Welker is more worried about losing his ducks.

He says the ducks help him with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder and keep him more active.

West Lafayette Mayor Jack Patterson declined to comment.

Information from: Coshocton Tribune, http://www.coshoctontribune.com

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