- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. (AP) - Two ducks are causing a dilemma in Dell Rapids.

The Dana Stelzer family has two pet Pekin ducks in their backyard. The domesticated Huey and Louie have become a hit in the neighborhood over the past six months, but their days as Dell Rapids residents might be numbered.

“The city of Dell Rapids has in place an ordinance that does not allow for any fowl. So, that would be ducks, geese, chickens, within our city limits,” City Administrator Justin Weiland told KDLT-TV (https://bit.ly/2aO5Wvl ).

Residents can request an exemption from the City Council, but the Stelzer family didn’t take that step, Weiland said.

The family has been informed that their ducks have to hit the road. Dana Stelzer said he understands the need for banning birds such as crowing roosters that can be disruptive, but he maintains that Huey and Louie are different.

“They’re not bothering anybody,” he said. “They’re very good. They stay in the yard. They don’t cross the street.”

Stelzer plans to ask the City Council to let his ducks stay. He’s also launching an online effort to “Save the Ducks” and petition the city to change the ordinance.

“What’s wrong with having a couple of ducks for pets?” he said.

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Information from: KDLT-TV, https://www.kdlt.com

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