Iowa Puppy Mill Update: USDA Keeps It In The Family

Last fall, one of more than 500 dogs removed from Iowa’s horrendous USDA-licensed puppy mill.

Six months ago this week, the ASPCA, in conjunction with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, removed more than 500 dogs from a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) licensed dog breeding facility owned to Daniel Gingerich. We are happy to share that almost all of these dogs are now in loving homes, while a few more are still receiving needed medical and behavioral care.

We were hoping to share how the Gingerich case prompted the USDA to implement immediate reforms, review agency guidelines and protocols, or at least acknowledge that their hands-off, cardholder-friendly policies license have only kept Gingerich in business longer, profiting and abusing animals for years. .

What should have been a day of reckoning for the federal agency tasked with “ensuring humane care” in commercial breeding facilities appears to have exposed only the deep, systemic flaws in the USDA’s flawed system.

A month after the dogs were removed from Gingerich’s properties, the USDA issued a license to his sister, Alice Nisley, allowing her to buy puppies wholesale and resell them, despite living at one of several undisclosed properties where Daniel Gingerich kept dogs.

And in February 2022, we informed the USDA that Gingerich’s father, Ura Gingerich, was selling puppies over the internet to customers “without seeing them.” without license. The USDA has confirmed that indeed Ura Gingerich harbors breeding dogs and sells their puppies online. The USDA told him he needed a commercial breeding license and sent him an application. More than a month later, he still does not have a license and is still offers puppies for sale online.

Unfortunately, the USDA’s inaction goes far beyond Daniel Gingerich and his family. In the past six months, the USDA, despite observing hundreds of animal welfare law violations, has not revoked a single license for violation or even issued a single fine. We know their inspectors have documented and photographed emaciated and sick dogs without food or clean water, dogs kept in freezing temperatures, and dogs with painful, untreated injuries. But the USDA did not confiscate a single animal, leaving dogs and puppies to suffer in dangerous and cruel conditions.

It seems that the USDA, like its licensees, cannot be educated for change. It’s time for Congress to step in and pass legislation that will hold the USDA accountable. Goldie’s Act can do it, but we need YOUR help. Please urge your US Representative to support the Goldie’s Act today.