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Autistic Michigan boy likely will be able to keep ducks

August 23, 2018
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Mark and Jen Dyke react after it appears their son will keep his therapy ducks after a Georgetown Township Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Dylan Dyke, a 12-year-old with autism, has two ducks that a doctor designated as emotional support animals. After some neighbors complained, the township ordered the removal of the ducks because the property's zoning doesn't allow for the animals. The Dyke family is seeking a variance to allow Dylan to keep the ducks at their home. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 12-year-old western Michigan boy with autism likely will be able to keep his ducks, which are his emotional support animals.

Georgetown Township officials had issued a nuisance order to Mark and Jennifer Dyke after receiving multiple complaints from neighbors about their son’s ducks straying from their property. The complaints cited concerns about the ducks’ unpleasant smell and their impact on property values in the area.

The Dykes requested an ordinance variance to allow their son, Dylan, to keep the ducks. Dozens of people turned out Wednesday night for a meeting of the township’s zoning appeals board. Members seemed to come to a consensus to find a way to let the ducks remain and plan to discuss more details later.

Jennifer Dyke called it “a win for us.”