With snow predicted and cold weather to follow, the ARL has enacted Code BLUE during the evenings, starting at 10PM on Sunday, March 3 through Friday, March 8, 2019. The code will be enforced from 10PM to 10AM when the temperatures or windchill is at 20 degrees or less, or while it is actively sleeting or snowing​.

In accordance with Bill #22, an amendment added to the City Code, Chapter 141, Part 2 Animals, Section 205 Caring for Animals in 2015, any person who owns, possesses, or has custody of a dog must bring the animal inside their residence for the duration of the code, except for supervised and necessary bathroom breaks and exercise. Additionally, non-compliance can result in the animal being removed by an Animal Control Officer from the property and impounded at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County. Owners will have 48 hours after the code has been lifted to pick up their animal and will be subject to applicable sheltering fees.

Executive Director Tom Hubric notes that while the code is enforceable only within the City of Reading, the recommendation applies to all pet owners in Berks County. “We hope that all Berks County pet owners take this cold weather seriously and bring their pets inside.”

Any person witnessing an unsupervised dog left outside in the elements within the City of Reading should call the Animal Rescue League of Berks County at 610-587-3659.