USDA licensed breeder in Iowa abandons more than 500 dogs living in horrific conditions

SEYMOUR, Iowa, November 2, 2021 / PRNewswire / – At the request of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL), in coordination with ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), assisted in the removal, transportation and housing of more than 500 dogs and puppies currently in the care of a breeder licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) at Seymour, Iowa. Daniel Gingerich agreed to hand over any animals in his care after the USDA documented more than 190 Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations.

The complaint against Gingerich, filed by the DOJ, detailed the horrific conditions in several places in Iowa where Gingerich kept dogs including dead dogs, dogs with untreated wounds and illnesses like parvo and distemper, dogs with sore hair, dogs in undersized cages and food moldy.

The ARL oversees rescue and accommodation operations, medical needs and animal care, while partnering with the ASPCA which assists with operational planning, field abduction and medical care, as well as forensic veterinary examinations, transport, legal assistance and investigations. , and the provision of essential emergency shelter supplies. The Animal Rescue Corps, Bissell Pet Foundation, First Medical Inc., Hills Foundation, Iowa State University, RedRover, Wayside Waifs, and Wisconsin Humane Society will also be supporting this case by providing responders to help with transportation and the provision of daily care, food and supplies for the animals.

The rescue process has begun Thursday October 14 with the withdrawal of approximately 30 animals in acute medical distress. Since then, more than 200 additional dogs and puppies have been rescued over the course of several days as removal efforts continue. Dogs that have remained on the properties throughout the process have received and continue to receive daily care.

Tom colvin, CEO of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa said: “The light shines on the bad actors in the dog breeding industry as a result of this action by the Department of Justice. A new approach to stopping them before the animals suffer is long overdue. We thank all of our partners for specifically ending this operation, and we look forward to making it a step towards large-scale change. “

“We are grateful to the Department of Justice for taking steps to finally remove hundreds of animals from the horrific cruelty and neglect they suffered at the hands of this USDA licensed breeder,” said Robert hensley, ASPCA Senior Legal Advisor. This shocking cruelty is a predictable result of USDA’s customer service policy in which they substitute education and cooperation for enforcement, allowing the very animals they have a legal and moral obligation to. protect from enduring prolonged and extreme suffering We thank Animal Rescue League of Iowa for coming together to put these animals out of harm’s way, and we are proud to support their efforts. ”

“Our hearts broke when we learned of the situation so many dogs are going through.” noted Geoff Room, President of Wayside Waifs, “But with the support of donors, we are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to help our animal welfare colleagues save the lives of these dogs.”

ARL and its partners appreciate the public’s support as they undertake one of the largest rescues in recent history. It has been a long process and everyone involved is hoping that light is shining on a very big reproductive problem in the state of. Iowa and across the country.

About the Animal Rescue League of Iowa
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is iowa largest non-profit animal shelter, caring for thousands of pets each year. The ARL serves people and animals statewide through pet adoption, humane education, pet behavior training, spaying, intervention against cruelty to animals and much more. For more information, visit, @arliowa.

About ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the leading animal welfare organization in North America and is the country’s leading voice for animals. With more than two million supporters, the mission of the ASPCA is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals through United States. As a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, the ASPCA is a national leader in anti-cruelty, community outreach, and animal health services. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Wayside Waifs
As Kansas City The largest and most comprehensive animal adoption without killing campus, Wayside Waifs prepares animals and people for the bond of their lives. Each year, the organization cares for more than 6,000 abandoned, abused and homeless animals. Wayside is a private, independent, non-profit 501 (c) (3) charity. It receives no government funding and is fully funded by private donations and grants. To view all of the animals available for adoption or to make a donation, please visit

Facebook: WaysideWaifs; Twitter: @WaysideWaifs; Instagram: @WaysideWaifs

About WHS
The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1879 and is the oldest and largest refuge in Wisconsin, serving 40,000 animals and the people who love them every year. WHS is an independent non-profit organization and does not receive funding from general government and is not part of any national umbrella group. WHS operates shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Root, Brown and Door counties, as well as a sterilization / sterilization clinic in West Allis. The organization offers adoption services, youth programs, veterinary services, retail stores, wildlife rehabilitation, training courses and more. WHS is rated 4 stars by Charity Navigator, the leading independent charity watchdog group. To learn more, visit

About Animal Rescue Corps
Since 2010, Animal Rescue Corps (ARC), a national nonprofit animal welfare organization, has provided large-scale animal rescue to communities lacking the resources to fight abuse and disasters themselves. In addition to emergency relief, the ARC offers education and rescue services. The mission of the ARC is to end animal suffering through direct, compassionate action and to inspire humanity’s highest ethical standards towards animals. To learn more about Animal Rescue Corps, visit:

About RedRover
Since 1987, RedRover has focused on lifting animals out of crisis and strengthening the human-animal bond through emergency shelter, disaster relief services, financial aid and humane education. With more than 4,600 volunteers trained in United States and Canada, RedRover can deploy its volunteers quickly when communities are overwhelmed by a crisis involving large numbers of animals. Over its 34-year history, RedRover has responded to over 230 natural disasters and other crises across the country, including the Camp, Carr and Wall fires, Hurricanes Harvey and Katrina, the Oroville Dam crisis. , etc. To learn more about how RedRover is creating a more compassionate world, please visit


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