Exotic pet ordinance could bankrupt city woman if she lives as long as her turtle

The Reading Animal Control Board held another lively meeting Wednesday where city pet lovers posed Solomonic questions about how a proposed ordinance aimed at preventing people from owning 700 pit bulls might limit their personal menageries.

The board is weighing a plan to limit animals to six per household, but how you weigh feral cats against parakeets is the unsolved wrinkle.

One woman breeds boxers. Another raises rats for an "important genetic project." The owner of Reptile Canyon says quotas would deter business. And the gal conducting those rodent experiments said an annual fee would discriminate against her turtle. She said it might live to be 100 years old.