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Quackdown: Pennsylvania town fines man for pet ducks


A Pennsylvania man is facing a fine of $500 a day for having four pet ducks.

Delmont resident Jim Kistler was notified that having his web-footed pals, Larry, Moe, Curly and Fred, is a violation of a borough ordinance, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. And even though the ducks are kept in an enclosure and not exactly dangerous, there doesn’t appear to be much he can do.

“It’s not easy to deal with,” Kistler told It is absolutely ridiculous. I am very upset about it.”

The ducks won’t hurt anybody, according to Jim Bonner, executive director of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. Blue Swedish ducks are fairly common pets and are known for being docile and quiet, he said.

“They are a domesticated species,” he said. “These guys have been bred for centuries. It’s really no different (from a dog or cat). If my neighbor had one, I wouldn’t mind.”

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  • ARMYOF69

    Our moronic government officials are scared to death by just about ANYTHING, ANYTHING.

    • Clint

      Sell the property to the muslims for building mosque complete with minarets their calls to prayer “early in the day” and the city will be begging for duck man to return with a bigger flock of ducks.

    • Rattlerjake

      They would hate me, I have about sixty ducks and thirty geese.

  • sean murry

    more bs from our idiotic goverment.

  • notislam

    Is this semi-rural or city? Do they really disturb any neighbors or is someone out to make
    life sad for this caretaker? They need to change the rule—If you can have chickens then why not ducks? We were allowed pot-bellies .

  • overkills

    the small gov. think they our something .they our like the no good thing in the whitehouse they thing they our better than anybody.some towns our not as good as they were 30 years ago. i live in sligo and it is not good .

  • organicroseski2

    This is local government, therefore, petition! They jump to the people or are not re-elected! p.s. The ducks are cute!

  • Jonny Angel

    Bureaucrats with too much time on their hands, thus an over abundance of petty rules & regulations. It’s what they do to justify their existence. Then they change or update the rules to further justify their continued funding. Now comes the most important part… the rule is the priority. They do not care one way or another about the people they are to serve. Only the rule is important and the bureaucrat will decide which rule is best suited for you. It’s for your own good.

  • junkmailbin

    a bureaucrat will enforce even the most carefully crafted rule in the most asinine way every time

  • 2War Abn Vet

    Petty tyrants must practice in order to become big government tyrants.

  • Flaphil

    It’s too bad the ducks are in a cage. All along, the local government officials should be in one. Gotta watch out for those scary ducks, right?

  • reggiec

    Ok I can see banning roosters that might irritate neighbors with crowing. I personally don’t mind that. But ducks? I doubt if their quacking gets loud enough to bother anyone.
    This is an example of why people become politicians. They do it because they want to control others.

    • ABO

      Right reggiec. Just look at all the Quacks in DC!

      • Pam Dunn

        Those aren’t “quacks”; those in Washington are DODO’s and SHOULD be as extinct.

    • Pam Dunn

      Ducks are FUN pets; we had some when I was a kid and they were always in a group and would beg watermelon bites from you.

  • Marvs

    There is nothing more disgusting than a “small” mind who thinks its big.

  • ABO

    Moe, Larry, Curly and Fred? Why not Barack, Joe, Harry and Nancy. Just sayin’

    • DocJimmy

      Larry, Moe, Curly and Fred are smarter and more friendly than the other four you mentioned – Just say’n.
      Tell the neighbors and the council to get pumped. If they want to sit around picking fly stih out of the pepper, they should move to New Dork or Californiass…

  • Pam Dunn

    You see the SAME idiocy with Home Owner Associations; They pass “feel good” rules about things THEY hate and want to control EVERY aspect of life in the community; House Colors, No Basketball goals, what grass and shrubs you can have, what mailbox you can put up. They are like the stupid nerdy kid that was a “hall monitor” in school that things he is a dictator.
    Some are even so anal retentive that they will drive around the neighborhoods LOOKING for violations to cite.

    • Alan

      You are correct. people have become more and more nosy, and cant seem to mind their own business. They seem to think they have the right to control every thing ,and everyone elses lives. Its all part of the idiot liberal mentality.

  • Robert S Moulds

    Leave the ducks and their owner alone if they are not a threat to the environment and the ducks are safe and happy what is the problem.