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Family Fights to Keep Highly Unusual Emotional Support Pets

A neighbor claims the animals are a nuisance.




A family in Stow, OH, is fighting to keep two alpacas as emotional support animals despite a neighbor’s complaints.

Scott Westberg says his fiancee, Sigga Jackson, and her 12-year-old son have conditions that are helped by the alpacas, reports.

After petting the animals, “she comes back in a different person,” he said of his fiancee.

But a neighbor says the alpacas are a nuisance, in part because of the odor they create.

The city has given the family a deadline of Feb. 17 to find a new home for the alpacas. A violation of the nuisance ordinance could trigger a $150 fine, according to


One of the alpacas, Scooby, is registered as an emotional support animal, according to the publication. The family is seeking to obtain similar registration for the other, Loratta.

Westberg said he’s willing to take steps such as planting tall evergreen trees or extending a fence in order to keep his neighbor happy and keep the alpacas.

Read more at the WCPO-TV



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