(Des Moines, IA) -- A southern Iowa dog breeder has agreed to surrender more than 500 dogs after the USDA documented nearly 200 violations of the Animal Welfare Act. A complaint against Daniel Gingerich of Seymour, Iowa, filed by the U.S. Department of Justice detailed horrific conditions at multiple locations where Gingerich kept dogs. Investigators found dead dogs, and dogs with untreated illnesses and injuries. Dogs were also found in cages that were too small with moldy food.
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is overseeing the rescue operation and sheltering, medical needs and care of the animals, while partnering with the ASPCA in planning, removal and medical care. The Animal Rescue Corps, Bissell Pet Foundation, First Medical Inc., Hills Foundation, Iowa State University, Wayside Waifs and Wisconsin Humane Society will also support this case by providing responders to assist with transporting and providing daily care, food and supplies for the animals.
The ARL says crews began removing dogs October 14th and removal efforts continue. The dogs that have remained on the properties throughout the process have and continue to receive daily care.
Tom Colvin, CEO at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa stated, “The light is shining on bad actors in the dog breeding industry as a result of this action by the Department of Justice. A new approach of stopping them before animals suffer is long overdue. We are thankful to all our partners in putting an end to this operation specifically, and we look forward to making this a step toward large-scale change.”