Former dog breeder now faces criminal charges in Wayne County

A former Wayne County man whose dog farm was shut down by federal authorities is now facing criminal charges of animal neglect.

Daniel Gingerich, 26, was charged with two counts of animal neglect with grievous bodily harm or death, an aggravated misdemeanor. He also faces four counts of animal neglect, a serious misdemeanor.

The most serious charges relate to allegations that in April 2021, Gingerich failed to provide adequate and appropriate veterinary care to a severely emaciated adult golden retriever, resulting in the dog’s euthanasia and alleged neglect of the dog. ‘a golden-doodle puppy died of parvovirus-related complications.

The four felony charges relate to the sale of 13 dogs, five of which were later found to have medical issues. One of the dogs died and four others had serious respiratory problems, including pneumonia.

Gingerich, who now resides in Hillsboro, Ohio, has not yet entered the case. He is due in court on March 10. Contacted Thursday by the Iowa Capital Dispatch, he declined to comment on the matter.

Last September, federal authorities sued Gingerich, the owner of Seymour’s Maple Hill puppies, in civil court in an effort to shut down his rural Iowa dog farm. This effort resulted in Gingerich handing over more than 500 dogs to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa and agreeing to never again participate in any licensed business covered by federal animal welfare law.

Around the same time the federal civil suit was filed, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship imposed $20,000 in administrative penalties on Gingerich and suspended his license from the ‘Iowa for 60 days. Both actions were based on more than 100 alleged violations of animal welfare law.

Late last year, the state agency imposed an additional $40,000 fine on Gingerich based on findings from inspectors who visited its facilities the same day the $20,000 fine was imposed. was imposed.

Gingerich has yet to pay either state fine. An administrative hearing on an appeal filed in one of the two cases is currently scheduled for the end of May.

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