In September, the United States filed suit against Gingerich, alleging that he was placing the health of his dogs in serious danger in violation of the AWA. Gingerich had amassed over 100 citations by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) inspectors in only six months for violations of the AWA, including for the failure to provide an emaciated golden retriever veterinary care, failure to provide potable water and feeding dogs moldy food and food contaminated with wood chips. Gingerich was also cited for failing to follow an appropriate vaccine regime, which resulted in outbreaks of Parvovirus and distemper, both highly contagious but easily preventable diseases.
Under the consent decree, Gingerich was required to identify and surrender all of his dogs at his USDA-licensed and unlicensed facilities. Those dogs have now been transferred to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, which is partnering with Wayside Waifs, Wisconsin Humane Society, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other organizations to provide the dogs the care they need. Gingerich also agreed to permanently refrain from any activity requiring an AWA license. USDA simultaneously negotiated the permanent revocation of Gingerich’s AWA license.