Local laws: No pet rats in Billings

2011-01-29T20:00:00Z 2011-01-29T20:20:36Z Local laws: No pet rats in Billings The Billings Gazette
January 29, 2011 8:00 pm

A recent Helena Independent Record article asked a question that's probably crossed the mind of many a Montanan - Is riding a horse while drunk legal in the state?

That got us thinking here at Crime Watch. What odd, quirky or surprising laws and ordinances do we have here in Billings and across the state?

We'll occasionally take a look at what's on the books in Montana. Most, if not all, of them have practical, understandable purposes grounded in logic but sometimes it still comes as a surprise to see them in writing.

Here's the first one we found:

In Billings, Sec. 4-304 of the city code says it's against city ordinance to own, sell or raise rats unless they're used to feed birds of prey or reptiles. That means they can't be kept as pets. It also allows them to be owned for legitimate scientific research and education.

The offense is a municipal infraction, which carries a fine of up to $300 for a first-time violation.

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