A family from Ohio calls his two alpaca's pets. A neighbor calls the animals annoying.
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Scott Westberg, of Stow, has until Sunday to move the animals – Loratta, an alpaca with milk chocolate and her vanilla-colored offspring, Scooby, MyTownNEO reported.
Brendan Mackin, Stow's assistant law director, said that the animals are regarded as livestock and that state and city ordinances "do not provide for such exceptions (emotional support)," WEWS reported.
Westberg claims that the alpaca's provide emotional support to his fiancé, Sigridur "Sigga" Jackson, and their 12-year-old son, Magnus, reported the television station. Westberg said the animals were quieter than dogs and left feces that were not as offensive as dog droppings, reported the television station.
The neighbor did not agree, wrote a letter from Jan. 3 to Stow Planning Director Rob Kurtz and city officials who claimed that his neighbors "have turned their backyard into a meadow," MyTownNEO reported.
Scooby is registered as an emotionally supporting animal, Westberg told the website, registering Loratta as a therapy animal through Pet Partners.
Jackson said that the alpaca's hair soften her depression and her son's deficit hyperactivity disorder.
"I've been diagnosed with depression in the past and the love and comfort I get from them, especially during stressful times, helps me more than any medication I've prescribed," Jackson told MyTownNEO. "And (the alpaca" s) do not offer negative side effects. "
Westberg said that he has been raising llama's and alpaca's for more than 20 years. He wants to achieve an arrangement with his dissatisfied neighbor, according to WEWS.
"We want and are willing to do everything that is reasonable to make peace with (our neighbor), such as planting tall evergreen trees or expanding our privacy fence in the forest," Westberg told the television station.