Reading women arrested for animal neglect

A Reading women was arrested for animal neglect Friday for failing to provide a suitable shelter for her dog, which resulted in the canine being humanely euthanized.

According to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Humane Officers executed an arrest warrant Friday in the City of Reading against a 44-year-old female for a felony charge of neglect to seek veterinarian care, resulting in serious bodily harm, and three counts of misdemeanor animal neglect for failure to provide suitable shelter placing an animal at imminent risk of serious bodily harm.

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“We were called to this property at the City of Reading several weeks ago for a Code Blue violation. Upon arrival, it was observed that three canines were outside with no suitable shelter. One of the dogs, a German Shepherd type canine, appeared unresponsive,” said Sgt. Hayden Carroll, manager of the Department of Animal Protection of the ARL.

“It was discovered that the canine had various medical conditions that persisted without veterinary care. The conditions were determined to be severe upon intake by ARL’s Medical Team, resulting in the canine being humanely euthanized.”

The woman may face between 3.5 and 7 years of incarceration and up to $15,000 in fines for the felony charge and between 1 and 2 years and $5,000 in fines for each of the misdemeanors’ charges.

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Reading Police Department assisted during the arrest.

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