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Ducks are pictured at a poultry farm in Montsoue, southwestern France, Tuesday, Feb.21, 2017. France’s agriculture ministry has ordered all remaining 600,000 ducks in a key poultry-producing region slaughtered to try to stem a growing outbreak of bird flu (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

An Ohio veteran can keep his pet ducks to relieve PTSD



A local council in Ohio ruled in favor of Darin Welker, an Ohio vet who claims that his pet ducks relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Welker was previously convicted of a misdemeanor for violating a ban on farm animals, which was subsequently upheld by a state appeals court.

The council's decision granted Welker a variance to the ordinance prohibiting farm animals in Weset Lafayette Village.

Welker, who served in Iraq with the Army and was subsequently medically discharged from Ohio National Guard, argued his six ducks have been therapeutic. His doctor also claimed the ducks have helped.

-The Associated Press contributed to the story.

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