Monday, 8 July 2013

James Kistler Faces $500 A Day Fine Over Pet Ducks

This law is for the birds, according to a Pennsylvania man facing steep penalties for his pet ducks.

Authorities are threatening James Kistler of Delmont, a town east of Pittsburgh, with fines of $500 per day because his four pet birds violate local zoning rules, reports TV station KDKA. He got his first warning in May.

A long list of animals are banned by a household pet ordinance, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports.

Owners cannot keep swine, goats, sheep, insects, reptiles having a venomous or constrictor nature, bovines, quadrupeds and poultry -- such as ducks -- in the living quarters of a residential structure.

To Kistler, it's a bird-brained rule that says his blue Swedish ducks -- named Larry, Curly, Moe and Fred -- have to go.

“Frankly, how can anyone tell you what kind of pet you can have!” Kistler said, according to CBS.

And talk about a big duck bill; if Delmont officials impose the penalty it will quickly cut into Kistler's nest egg.

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