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.