|Published:||Jun 26, 2013 4:30 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 26, 2013 6:10 PM EDT|
NAPLES, Fla. - Melanie Dowd has nicknames for the ducks living in her neighborhood.
"Well the mother's name is Bonnie and there's Jordan, and there's Knuckles," said Dowd.
Because the Turtle Lake Golf Colony doesn't allow pets, Dowd said these ducks are an alternative to owning a cat or dog.
"They're entertaining, I just like to sit out on my lanai and watch them and laugh at their antics."
But her condo association has rules against the ducks, Property Manager Lee Dixon told WINK News the birds are a liability.
"They walk around and they defecate on the sidewalk, and that is a potential slip hazard there, somebody is going to slip on it and hurt themselves," said Dixon.
So the association hired a company to remove them from the property. That's when Dowd started her fight to keep them.
"I wanted people to be aware of the fact that removing the ducks was actually killing them unfortunately," said Dowd.
James McCaa with Animal Stop said they are limited by what they can do. It's against the law to take the ducks to another property without legal permission. And he said the Game Warden doesn't allow them to be released.
"The only alternative they leave you is to euthanize," said McCaa.
"I don't understand why its such a big dilemma to people that we have to go so far as to euthanize them, I think we could find a happy medium," said Dowd.
Florida Fish and Wildlife said the agency has no jurisdiction over the ducks because they are domestic animals.
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