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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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