Hiawatha woman fighting to be able to keep pet ducks

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV) - There's a debate over ducks starting in Hiawatha after a woman was told she had to get rid of them.

Kristine Sorenson says she's trying to save a part of her family from being ripped away from her. She owns six ducks and keeps them in her backyard.

A few weeks ago the city sent her a notice telling her she had to get rid of them. Ducks are considered livestock in city code and livestock are not allowed in city limits.

"I didn't think it was an issue I mean they're ducks for crying out loud," Sorenson said.

Sorenson says she has had the ducks for five years and never even knew about the ordinance.

"I went to Theisen's to get dog food one day and I came home with ducklings," Sorenson said.

Sorenson is starting to fight it. She created a Change.org petition and has already gained more than 2,000 signatures. She's also planning on going to the city council.

Council member Aime Wichtendahl says a change is possible.

"I mean if there is enough Hiawatha resident support the city could look at re-evaluating the ordinance but we would have to have pretty good support within the city," Wichtendahl said.

Sorenson says it's worth a shot.

"I mean I've had them this long they're not hurting anybody," Sorenson said.

She doesn't want to think about what she might have to do if the ordinance doesn't change.

Sorenson says she's not sure why the city just now found out about it. She says she has gone around to all of her neighbors, and they told her it was O.K. Her theory is that a few weeks ago she had her water meter checked, and that person may have called the city.