READING, P.a., August 24, 2021 — With a sustained heat index of 95 degrees or more over the next two days, The Animal Rescue League of Berks County (ARL) is enacting the Code Red Ordinance for the City of Reading during the following dates:

Wednesday August 25 – 1pm to 6pm
Thursday August 26 – 12pm to 6pm
Friday August 27 – 1pm to 6pm


Under 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 boarding fees.  

“High temperatures and humidity can cause animals to overheat, which can lead to serious health complications,” said Dr. Jason Banning, Medical Director at the ARL.

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 610-373-8830.  

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