BUTTE, Mont. -

A crackdown involving a 1977 law prohibiting the selling of mice and rats has taken a bite out of the bottom line of a Butte pet shop that sells rodents as snacks for snakes.
    
Fish Bowl pet store owner Mark Dawson says he's sold rodents for 17 years and they account for about a third of his sales.
    
He tells the Montana Standard (http://bit.ly/LBX1va) in a story on Sunday that he's not selling snakes either now because he's no longer allowed to sell their best meals.
    
He says the Butte-Silver Bow Animal Control in December told him someone complained a child had been bitten by one of his rats.
    
Butte-Silver Bow Commissioner Brendan McDonough says he's working to change the ordinance so mice and rats can be sold as feeders.