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Family of son with autism fights to keep his pet ducks

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- The Dyke family says their son, Dylan, needs his pet ducks. Dylan has autism. His ducks, Bill and Nibbles, are his closest companions.

Dylan's parents, Jen and Mark, say the ducks bring out the best in their son, providing a listening ear and comfort for him when he's feeling anxious.

However, complaints from neighbors calling Bill and Nibbles a nuisance were brought to the township's attention.

Now, on Wednesday, the Georgetown Township Zoning Board will decide whether or not to approve a variance that would allow Bill and Nibbles to stay with Dylan.

Dylan's parents say they're willing to work with neighbors and the neighborhood Home Owners Association to find a solution. In the meantime, they're hoping for good news on Wednesday with the Zoning Board's approval.

Follow Dylan and his adventures with his ducks here. 

For more information on the ruling the Zoning Board will make on Wednesday, you can find the full ordinance and variance request here. 

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3 comments

  • JMG

    Let the boy keep his pets. Make an exception for the boys happiness and welfare.
    Politicians always claim to care about health care. Hypocrisy at it finest.

    • Lisa

      They are NOT wild birds. They are domestic birds. There is a HUGE difference. These birds can not fly to migrate or get away from predators and rely on humans to feed them and keep them safe. Best wishes to the Dyke family. I for one know exactly how much these animals provide therapy.