500+ dogs being rescued from southern Iowa farm

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SEYMOUR, IOWA (WHO) — The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is taking possession of hundreds of dogs and puppies from a farm in Wayne County.

Daniel Gingerich, the unlicensed breeder and owner of the dogs, agreed to surrender all of them after a USDA investigation found dogs kept with untreated injuries and sickness in small cages with moldy food. The USDA previously had a temporary restraining order against Gingerich based on claims of the dogs being in “serious danger.”

 A federal judge on Tuesday approved an agreement that ends a lawsuit filed against Daniel Gingerich on behalf of the USDA. His main facility was in rural Seymour. Investigators said Gingerich failed to provide adequate nutrition, potable water and veterinary care for his dogs, which caused “unnecessary suffering and death.” 

The ARL says that the US Department of Justice requested that they and the ASPCA coordinate the rescue.

Thirty dogs were taken from the facility on October 30th and 200 more have been rescued since then.

Animal rescue groups from surrounding communities and states are helping transport and care for the dogs – including Iowa State University.

Wayne County Sheriff Keith Davis says Gingerich will eventually face criminal charges.

This story was written in part of the AP.

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