Local laws: No pet rats in Billings

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Oct 24, 2012 in Rat News | Subscribe

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

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.
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

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

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