Code Blue & Code Red

Protect your Pets!

The Animal Rescue League is authorized to declare a Code Blue in extremely cold temperatures or a Code Red in extremely hot temperatures. Code Blue will be called when the National Weather Service predicts a wind chill of 20⁰ or less, or ice/snow events with temperatures below 32⁰. Code Red will be called when the National Weather Service predicts at least three consecutive days of 95⁰ or higher. The Code Red or Blue will be announced on the Animal Rescue League website, all local media outlets and social media. The Code will be announced at least 8 hours before taking effect. Once the Code has been declared, dogs may not be left unattended outdoors (except for brief walks and periods of exercise.) Any animal left unattended outdoors will be impounded and the owner fined. Fines will range from $350 to $1,000 plus impoundment and court costs per violation.Code Red Code Blue_Flyer For a full description of animal regulations in the City of Reading, please visit www.readingpa.gov. 

Frequently Asked Question

1)      Where is code blue in effect? CODE BLUE IS ONLY EFFECTIVE IN THE CITY OF READING

2)      What temps are considered code blue?  CODE BLUE WILL BE CALLED WHEN THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PREDICTS A WIND CHILL OF 20⁰ OR LESS, OR ICE/SNOW EVENTS WITH TEMPERATURES BELOW 32⁰.

3)      What is the timeframe a dog can be outside legally? 15 – 20 MINS

4)      If a dog is in a heated dog house with heated water bowls, does this count? NO. ALL DOGS MUST BE KEPT INSIDE

5)      What other animals are covered under code blue? DOGS ONLY

6)      Who do I contact if I see a dog outside for over 20 mins in Reading? ARL HOTLINE 610 587 3659

7)      Who do I contact if I see a dog outside for over 20 mins in Berks County? CODE BLUE IS ONLY A LAW IN THE CITY OF READING. THE ARL CAN NOT ENFORCE IN INSTANCES OUTSIDE OF THE CITY OF READING

8)      Does this law cover all dog breeds like Huskies and Malamutes? ALL DOGS ARE COVERED UNDER THE CODE BLUE LAW