There is an urban legend that Pancho Villa rode his horse up the marble staircase of the Gadsen Hotel in Douglas, Arizona. Maybe the citizens of Prescott were hoping to prevent a repeat of this event?
Sec. 4-304. Raising rats. It is unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale, harbor, raise or give away rats as pets, toys, premiums, novelties, or for any other purpose except as feed for reptiles or birds of prey or both, or as hereinafter set forth; or to bring or transport the same into…
This was repealed in the 1950s