In this  July 10 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
In this July 10 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. (AP Photo/Coshocton Tribune, Trevor Jones)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio veteran who hurt his back during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic.

Darin Welker says officials in the village of West Lafayette told him to get rid of his ducks in May. They cited him for a minor misdemeanor June 23 for failing to comply.

The village banned residents from keeping fowl and other farm animals in 2010.

The Coshocton Tribune reports (http://ohne.ws/1zUGruN) that Welker has a court hearing Wednesday and faces a fine of up to $150.

But Welker is more worried about losing his ducks.

He says the ducks help him with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder and keep him more active.

West Lafayette Mayor Jack Patterson declined to comment.


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