Ohio village tells veteran to get the ducks out

In this Thursday, July 10, 2014 photo, Iraq war veteran Darin Welker, 36, holds one of his ducks at his home in West Lafayette, Ohio. Welker, who served a year in 2005 for the Army National Guard, says his 14 pet ducks serve as mental and physical therapy for him. He's worried he'll have to give them up after village officials told him in May he can't keep them on his property. Welker was cited with a minor misdemeanor June 23 for having the ducks in his yard. He is scheduled to appear in Coshocton Municipal Court for a hearing Wednesday, July 23, 2014, and could face a $150 fine. (AP Photo/Coshocton Tribune, Trevor Jones)
In this Thursday, July 10, 2014 photo, Iraq war veteran Darin Welker, 36, holds one of his ducks at his home in West Lafayette, Ohio. Welker, who served a year in 2005 for the Army National Guard, says his 14 pet ducks serve as mental and physical therapy for him. He's worried he'll have to give them up after village officials told him in May he can't keep them on his property. Welker was cited with a minor misdemeanor June 23 for having the ducks in his yard. He is scheduled to appear in Coshocton Municipal Court for a hearing Wednesday, July 23, 2014, and could face a $150 fine. (AP Photo/Coshocton Tribune, Trevor Jones)

COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) — An Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder is now hoping for a change in the Ohio village law that prohibits him from keeping the animals in his backyard.

Darin Welker, who served in the Army National Guard, was cited for violating a ban on keeping farm animals in West Lafayette. The village is about 80 miles east of Columbus.

Welker and his attorney said Wednesday that village officials are considering the possibility of a new law. Village Council Member Ron Lusk said he and other village administration officials are military veterans and wouldn’t do anything to slight other veterans.

Welker says his back was injured in the service and his 14 ducks provide physical and emotional therapy. He says they ease his depression.

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