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Iraq Veteran Darin Welker received a citation from the law-followers of West Lafayette, Ohio saying that he has to get rid of his 14 therapy ducks. Apparently, ducks don't fly in that town.
While getting to live with ducks seems like reason enough to own them, Welker adopted his poultry family for physical and mental therapy after the VA denied his request for traditional therapies.
I didn't know ducks were therapists, but it makes sense: ducks are chill as hell. Welker says he can watch them for hours and they are a good excuse to get him moving around.
Duck therapists were not what the West Lafayette lawmakers were considering when they created their 2010 ordinance prohibiting residents from owning farm animals, so Welker is fighting to keep them. He has a hearing on Wednesday, and it seems like he has a good chance of winning his case; therapy pigs have already gotten a stay of execution in that town. If he doesn't win, he could lose the ducks and face a fine of up to $150. Come on, guys. Let the man have the ducks.
Welker told the Marion Star that he plans to bring a letter to the hearing from the Mental Health Department of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs recommending he keep the ducks.
After refusing to provide Welker with mental and physical assistance from humans, it is the least they could do.