Butte pet stores allowed to sell mice, rats

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Updated: 3:01 pm, Thu Mar 20, 2014.

Butte pet stores allowed to sell mice, rats

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BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — The Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners has approved an ordinance allowing licensed pet stores in the city or county to sell rodents as pets or as food for pet snakes.


The ordinance approved Wednesday takes effect in 30 days, The Montana Standard (http://bit.ly/PTEpsC) reported.

The issue was raised after county animal control officers sought to enforce a 1997 ordinance that prohibited raising or selling mice or rats in the city and county. Officers ordered the Fish Bowl to stop selling rodents as of Jan. 1 after a child was bitten by a rat that officers say they traced back to the store. Owner Mark Dawson questioned that conclusion.

But when Dawson was forced to stop selling mice and rats, he also stopped selling snakes because he could not sell their food. He said the ordinance was hurting his business.

The county placed a 90-day moratorium on the law in January, allowing Dawson to resume sales and giving them a chance to reconsider the ordinance.

The new ordinance also allows licensed pet stores to sell guinea pigs, gerbils and hamsters and allows each household to have three of the rodents as “feeders” or pets. The new ordinance also would allow mice and rats to be used for scientific research.

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Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com

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