Former Ohio Guardsman Fights To Keep Pet Ducks To Help With PTSD


A former Ohio National Guardsman who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder and depression is appealing his conviction for violating a village ban on keeping such animals.
Darin Welker was convicted of a minor misdemeanor and fined $50 for keeping 14 ducks at home in West Lafayette, 80 miles east of Columbus. He gave some away and now has six. Welker says they're therapeutic after he served in Iraq and was medically discharged from the Guard.
His attorney argues Welker has a medical need and was wrongly convicted. A court filing says the ducks are registered as support animals and are effective in helping Welker.
A prosecutor has said the local ordinance was clear.
The Coshocton Tribune says Welker declined to comment on the appeal.