USDA says Gingerich has violated the Animal Welfare Act at least 100 times since March
An Iowa man who runs several puppy mills across the state has been banned from selling, breeding, or brokering dogs and has agreed to release more than 500 of them, which he called five across the state. held in properties.
US Judge Stephanie M. Rose approved a settlement against Daniel Gingerich, whose main site was in rural Seymour.
The settlement settles a September 27 lawsuit filed against Gingerich by the US Department of Justice. The DOJ sued him on behalf of the US Department of Agriculture, whose investigators visited his facilities 18 times in six months.
The USDA said Gingerich has violated the Animal Welfare Act at least 100 times since March.
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Investigators said Gingerich failed to provide adequate nutrition, potable water and veterinary care for his dogs, causing “unnecessary suffering and death.”
In a court indictment, prosecutors said Gingerich put the health of his dogs “at grave danger” by exposing them to “grave and unsafe conditions.”
Prosecutors said, “(Gingrich) has put the health of his animals in ‘grave danger’ by keeping his dogs in facilities containing excessive amounts of garbage, feces and debris.”
The Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Iowa and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) are collecting the dogs, which will be sent to other shelters.
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“We are grateful to the Justice Department for taking action to remove hundreds of animals from the horrific cruelty and neglect at the hands of this USDA licensed breeder,” said Robert Hensley, senior attorney for legal advocacy. The ASPCA said Statement.
Wayne County Sheriff Keith Davis said Monday that Gingerich would eventually face criminal charges, although he did not say what those charges would be.
Gingerich’s attorney did not respond to Granthshala News’ request for comment.