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Weaseling out of the ferret ban

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Bill Etra wth his albino ferret Barzel, who is being trained as a service animal. (Photo courtesy of Bill Etra)


Tarzel the ferret has saved his owner's life three times. (Photo courtesy of Bill Etra)

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Despite an image as smelly mean weasels, ferrets are indispensable companions to some owners, and this little-known aspect of their existence has led to pockets of resistance in cities like New York, where owners willingly break the law for their pets.