April is Prevent Cruelty to Animals Month


The Daniel Gingerich Puppy Mill Cruelty Case in Iowa Serves as Example of Weak Animal Cruelty Laws

April is Prevent Cruelty to Animals Month. One of the most atrocious large-scale animal cruelty cases involved Daniel Gingerich, who operated horrific puppy mills at 10 locations in Iowa, six of which were USDA licensed. Gingerich sold to at least 16 pet shops (in four states) investigated by CAPS. You can read about  the Gingerich case on the CAPS blog about Goldie’s Act, a federal bill named after a very emaciated Golden Retriever who required euthanasia after being rescued:

In 2022, Gingerich reached a plea agreement for his cruel treatment of dogs – misdemeanors under Iowa law. He spent only 30 days in jail and received two years of probation.

Take action:

Ask your federal legislators to support and co-sponsor Goldie’s Act. You can find your legislators here.

If your state has weak animal cruelty laws, ask your state legislators to strengthen existing laws. You can read more about state animal cruelty laws here.

Stand With Us.

Donate monthly - Become a regular supporter