The Marietta Daily Journal – ‘Till death do them part ’ — Man given three years — or rest of their life expectancy — to get rid of ‘therapy ducks

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May

The Marietta Daily Journal – ‘Till death do them part ’ — Man given three years — or rest of their life expectancy — to get rid of ‘therapy ducks

Larry and Bonnie Epstein of east Cobb have kept pet ducks in their yard since they moved into their neighborhood in 1985.

But a complaint attracted the county’s code enforcement department. County residents must have 2 acres to have poultry unless they are given a variance.

Bonnie Epstein made a variance request to the Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday, but the board denied it.

Epstein said the ducks are used for her husband’s therapy. Since her husband suffered a car accident years ago that prompted multiple back and neck surgeries, it left him reliant on pain medication, she said.

“One of the major side effects of the medication is depression,” Bonnie Epstein said. “Caring for these ducks gives him an avenue of motivation that helps overcome the depression. Regardless of how much pain he may be in on a given day or how he feels, he is enthusiastic about going to care for his animals.”

via The Marietta Daily Journal – ‘Till death do them part ’ — Man given three years — or rest of their life expectancy — to get rid of ‘therapy ducks.

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