Fraud: Augusto DeOliviera of Griffin Shepherd Kennels

Picture this: You see a video on facebook one day that has gone completely viral; there’s this 23 year old guy in New England who is walking his eight German Shepherds around the streets without any leashes. Leash laws aside, that’s pretty cool. So you go to his facebook page and find he’s a GSD breeder and trainer, and has a plethora of pictures and videos of him and his dogs, and all of the comments are supportive and encouraging of this man, Augusto DeOliviera. Super. A quick look at his website shows that offers high quality dogs and dog training by himself for around $3,000. Woah, most go for $600-800, these must be some serious bloodlines. The fact that there is no tab on the website showing the dogs he has and the litters of puppies, as most breeders do on their sites, is a bit strange but you don’t think about it at first glance.

So you become a fan. Like his facebook page, encourage him when he posts pictures, and generally leave the subject alone. That is, until things start getting strange with Griffin Shepherd Kennels. All of a sudden DeOliviera begins posting about “haters” going after him, about the town of Hanson, MA not wanting to allow him to move into a 99-acre property because of discrimination against him “for being Brazillian, young and gay,” according to a petition (posted in the references) he began. Note: he’s actually American, not native Brazilian. This is the point where I realized something was amiss, as I had not seen any kind of discrimination, and it seemed to be a bit of a reach to say that was the only reason. My friend google led me to a second petition that wanted to shut down Griffin Shepherd Kennels and Augusto DeOliviera as being an unethical and unlicensed breeder and trainer.

That was how I came across The Truth About Griffin Shepherd Kennels, a group on facebook dedicated to exposing GSK and ADO as a whole. A note in their page shows many verifiable facts that were gathered and collected only after receiving evidence, always via legitimate sources. I encourage you to read some of these, which I will put at the end for space and bulk reading purposes.

While there has been much activity among both ADO and the Truth since the time I discovered them, the most recent and possibly most controversial action was the decision by DeOliviera to raffle one of his puppies off on facebook, claiming he wanted to donate her to someone that was in need of a service dog, fully trained and ready to serve. Not only is it illegal to raffle off a dog in MA, ADO is not a service dog trainer or even a regular certified dog trainer, nor is he associated in any way with the service dog industry. His methods are incorrect at best and abusive at worst.

Several of his videos show abuse of his dogs, including one where he allows his male “alpha” shepherd to attack one of the puppies (here is a link to it. It’s the same car Augusto has, as you can find on his page, and the same dogs. Warning: this is not for those who don’t like to see animal violence: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=764138360294633), at least two others where he actually hits the dogs he is supposed to be training for aggression, another where he jabs a dog confined in a cage with a broom handle as another aggression training technique, and yet another where he gleefully admits to dehydrating a dog as part of his training as if he has no idea that what he’s doing is abusive and ethically wrong.

This announcement has gained the attention of the Service Dog Free Press, a group that refers to themselves as the “Wikileaks of the service dog industry” and aims to denounce and expose fraudulent trainers, who have taken a personal interest in DeOliviera and sent a public message to him:

“Dear Mr. Augusto De Oliveira,

We are personally informing you that you are finished as a service dog trainer.
We have notified the Massachusetts Attorney General, The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Dept, The Boston PD and every legitimate service dog training organization in the world, The German Shepherd Dog Club of America and United Schutzhund Club of America and AKC. We have also notified SV in Germany and Assistance Dogs International. We seek their involvement to assist in shutting you down via a court order and possibly to have you jailed.
We are seeking to have you prosecuted for fraud and for restitution made to your victims.
You are endangering the German Shepherds you train with your unethical breeding practices, use of e-collars and your abusive kicking of dogs in the soft tissue area.
You have falsely advertised your skills and the pedigree of the dogs you breed and the health certificates of the dogs.
You are endangering and preying upon persons of a vulnerable population (the disabled) with fraudulent service dogs.
Do not think we are playing games. We have shut many fraud companies down all over the country.”

The story The Service Dog Free Press posted regarding GSK/ADO has been shared with many organizations in the German Shepherd, breeding, training, and service dog communities all over the nation and the globe (posted in references. Be warned, the towel picture of ADO is a bit racier than PG). Complaints have been filed, investigations are being conducted, and the feds have been notified since ADO has mentioned going abroad with all of this coming crashing down on him.

I ask that anyone wanting to get involved go to The Service Dog Free Press’ facebook page (link in references) and use the contact information provided to help take this disgusting man down in the hopes that no future generations of dogs will have to go through the same maltreatment in his hands.

Verifiable facts from The Truth’s facebook page:

GSK held no kennel license at the time of its founding, and only in the past few months acquired one after scrutiny.

GSK holds no business license, nor is it a legitimate business registered through the state of MA.

GSK has no Tax ID number either at the State or Federal level.

GSK has been fined multiple times for building on protected wetlands and has refused, to date, to remove fencing of protected land.

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GSK ENGAGES IN POOR BREEDING PRACTICES:

Dogs are not health checked/OFA certified before breeding.

Several Dams were bred in their first heat (as early as 8 months) and were bred back to back in heat cycles.

Hannah was 10 months old when she was bred- too early for OFA on her hips. She was born 11-08-2012 and had her first litter 11-29-2013.

Savannah was 8 months old when she was bred- too early for OFA on her hips. She was born 11-7-2011, had her first litter 9-21-2012. Her other litters were:

2/15/2013 – where she produced a puppy with Sub Aortic Stenosis, a genetic heart condition

9/25/2013

6/3/2014

Harmony has had 4 back to back litters, and produced a puppy that is a DM carrier. Her litters were:

4/11/12

11/29/12

5/6/13

11/20/13

Although Griffin (the lead sire) has been recently x-rayed for hips/joints, it was done after he was used to sire multiple (minimum of 17) litters.

Known genetic diseases such as DM, HD etc are not tested for as he claims. Claims breeding dogs and puppies are “health certified” with no actual testing done or documented in any known tracking database.

At least one of the pups Griffin sired was tested with positive results for being a DM carrier.

GSK has stated plans to “line breed” the dogs, and has made public breeding schedules that show brother/sister and father/daughter parings for breeding.

GSK has multiple breeding dogs with the same name, some AKC registered and some not of the same name, and does not separate puppies of known litters. He sold one puppy with registration papers, then after the puppy was returned with a life-threatening heart defect claimed it was a puppy from a “stray” that had whelped at the same time. AFTER providing the buyer with AKC registration paperwork.

While the name of this organization is Griffin Shepherd Kennels, NO actual “kennels” exist. Mr. DeOliviera claims all of his dogs live in the house. He has not demonstrated a clear established method to ensure dogs are kept separate, or control which dogs are breeding together.

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GSK SOLD PUPPY INFO:

Sick puppies have been returned, some have died. Just a few examples with documentation by the owners already available (we know of 14 pups total affected)

1 puppy returned for severe genetic heart disorder presumed dead.

1 died at 8 months old due to severe genetic heart disorder.

1 puppy returned for severe kidney issues.

1 puppy tested by the new owner was found positive for DM as a carrier.

Several first-hand accounts and vet records provided show puppies severely underweight/small for their ages (3-5lbs where a healthy puppy would weigh 8-12lbs at 8 weeks). Vet records also confirm puppies were infested with fleas and parasites at the time of the visit.

Some buyers received no vet records, vaccinations records, or registration papers after purchase.

Dogs/puppies were parasite infested and had fleas at the time of purchase.

GSK does not vaccinate for anything other than rabies, which is required by state law, including known diseases such as Parvovirus and Distemper, nor are puppies dewormed.

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GSK’s BAD BUSINESS PRACTICES:

Provides a very one sided contract to buyer, some buyers got NO contract. Non-refundable deposits are taken 3 years in advance with no contract, no mating pair determined, and no planned breeding made available.

Has withheld papers from buyers, or used their dog’s papers as leverage to get them to sign a non-disclosure agreement before releasing the paperwork to the new owners – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154548462265193&set=o.479950502139583&type=1&permPage=1

Buyers who returned puppies were promised full refunds but have never received any repayment.

Has operated unlicensed businesses under 3 different names,( Guy’s Labradors, Griffin Shepherd Kennels, and Good Shepherd Training), in less than [3] years.

None of these past “businesses” were registered with the state as a legitimate business, or any tax ID numbers.

There are active/pending complaints filed with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. According to the AG’s office Mr. DeOliviera has blocked all of his numbers so they can not contact him by phone.

Suits have and are being filed in small claims courts.

Mr. DeOliviera has blamed buyers for his animal’s poor health and has gone so far as to post their addresses and personal information on his Facebook page without their consent.

Has multiple “business partners’ such as Deb Crowley (Bad Breeder of Rockland) http://www.massachusettscriminaldefenseattorneyblog.com/2011/08/five-arrested-in-rockland-mass.html and Eva Sonia Berg who still has warrants for her arrest for animal cruelty. https://wcca.wicourts.gov/caseDetails.do;jsessionid=EDCBB7968BFADA199CE18DBEDF934A2B.render6?caseNo=2013CM000094&countyNo=68&cacheId=0FF12926BAA952481F096DEAD77174F6&recordCount=6&offset=1&mode=details&submit=View+Case+Details

These are the type of people he associates with, and considers not only his mentors but also his partners.

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GSK HAS PENDING COMPLAINTS (from its Town of Barnstable location)

GSK has provided no proof of liability insurance.

Barnstable Animal Control has received multiple complaints of dogs barking, loose dogs, aggressive dogs, and pungent smell of feces and urine coming from the property

GSK has fenced in and caused damage to protected wetlands on the current property in Hyannis. He was told to take the fencing down and repair the damage, he has not complied. He has paid multiple fines for non-compliance to town ordinances

GSK is accused of harassing neighbors who complained in Hyannis.

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GSK’s POOR FEEDING PRACTICES:

Dogs have been fed fresh road kill as well as the goats he raises on the property. This can lead to internal parasites especially when not vaccinated. (Author note: nor does it allow each dog to get enough or an equal amount of food, especially when they’re puppies.) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=317430761710174

* The dog community is fine with raw feeding when done properly. Please freeze meat to make sure it is free of parasites before feeding it.

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GSK’s POOR GENERAL CARE OF THE DOGS:

Allows dogs to fight, and has put new mothers in with a large pack to get beaten up, allows Griffin to attack younger dogs unchecked for publicity, and brings other females into whelping rooms where moms with new pups are housed, creating stress on the pups and mothers. Allows other animals such as cats, strange dogs, etc to invade a whelping mother’s space with new pups.

Claims his dogs all live in the house as “family” but has multiple pictures of stacked crates in the home, many without even the barrier for safety, and multiple dogs housed in one crate.

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GSK’s FACEBOOK PAGE:

Facebook is where GSK does their advertising to sell the puppies bred and to sell other dogs from other breeder under the guise of Rescue and Adoption.

GSK will not answer questions and removes any negative questions/comments. Anyone disagreeing with him or asking legitimate questions is viciously attacked before being blocked and banned. (Author note: I personally have been victim to his maltreatment and banning after posting a link to the Truth page on his page)

Pulled Facebook page down immediately after raid by local law officials, including Animal Control. Put page back up after removing any condemning posts/videos/pics – nearly all posts made in the year 2012 were removed.

GSK uses their page and Mr. DeOliviera’s personal page to bash people who have paid as much as $3000 for a sick pup. Mr. DeOliviera has blamed buyers for the puppies poor health on his Facebook page and has gone so far as to post their addresses and other info. He has engaged his “followers” to harass disgruntled buyers and people who criticize his practices.

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GSK TRAINING CLAIMS:

There are many “training” videos on YouTube. Close observation show many adverse devices being used such as electric collars and many videos of the dogs with their ears are down and their tails are between their legs as they are “obeying”.

Claims to be a certified Service Dog trainer but fails to show any certification. GSK is not associated with any known GSD groups, titling groups, or show groups.

Mr. DeOliviera has never studied under anyone with proven methods and results.

Claims to be a trainer/breeder of German Shepherds for 8+ years (some places he claims 8 yrs experience but in several news articles he has claimed more than 10 years) even though he is only 23 and has only had the breed for approximately 2-3 years.

Has stated he uses prong collars on very young puppies.

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GSK’s OTHER MISC. FACTS:

Originally claimed to be born in Brazil when, in fact, he was born in the USA -http://gskennels.com/about-us. Documents on the Truth page showing high school attendance in the U.S.

Has “rescued” dogs to use for breeding or to turn a profit – and paid substantial amounts for those “rescues” from known breeders.

Has obtained animals under false pretenses on craigslist, claiming to give them a good home when in fact they are used as food for the pack. Although homesteading is a growing movement, acquiring animals under false pretenses and lying about it shows a lack of ethical behavior.

GSK is now attempting to move his operation to Hanson Mass. They have already begun building things there even though there are no permits in place as of yet.

http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20140815%2FNEWS%2F140819615%2F0%2FSEARCH

GSK has multiple breeding dogs with the same name, some AKC registered and some not of the same name, and does not separate puppies of known litters. He sold one puppy with registration papers, then after the puppy was returned with a life-threatening heart defect claimed it was a puppy from a “stray” that had whelped at the same time. AFTER providing the buyer with AKC registration paperwork.

While the name of this organization is Griffin Shepherd Kennels, NO actual “kennels” exist. Mr. DeOliviera claims all of his dogs live in the house. He has not demonstrated a clear established method to ensure dogs are kept separate, or control which dogs are breeding together.

References:
Griffin Shepherd Kennels website: http://www.gskennels.com/

Petition to allow GSK in Hanson, MA: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/for-town-of-hanson-to-allow-griffin-shepherd

Petition to shut down GSK: https://www.change.org/p/martha-coakley-shut-down-operations-of-griffin-shepherd-kennel-as-an-unlicensed-breeder-trainer

The Truth Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/TheTruthAboutGrffinShepherds?fref=nf

The Service Dog Free Press Page: https://www.facebook.com/servicedogfp

The Service Dog Free Press Blog: http://servicedogfp.blogspot.com/

The Service Dog Free Press Fraud Article: http://servicedogfp.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-griffin-shepherds-puppy-mill-scandal.html

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7 thoughts on “Fraud: Augusto DeOliviera of Griffin Shepherd Kennels

  1. I have read this article and I am very pleased. It has been a very long journey for this family. As you can see, Griffin Kennel Shepherds is associated with Deborah Crowley (Bad Breeder of Rockland). If you are honest and upright, you do not do business in any shape form or manner with people who breed for greed. Deborah Crowley bred my dog, Chloe. I purchased her at 7 weeks. It was not long after that, we discovered via….A specialist, she was born blind. Although I took Ms Crowley to court, I was told that I would have to give this dog back. That could not happen since it was clear because of her lack of ethics and caring that my pup would be put down. So I walked out of that court room. Imagine being a GSD and being blind. She was also taken away from her mother too early so she had no socialization. I cannot even begin to tell you the money spent. Chloe, a now three year old female has not only had to deal with her blindness, but with other multiple health issues. The cost is high but to us, it was well worth it to save this pup. Pay attention to what you have read. It might save you so much heartache. I have known about Agusto since he ripped off a friend of mine …I will call breeder X …..by buying a small GSD, with the promise she would be a pet. By the end of that night he had sold this dog to a man, told her she was fully trained, for more than twice the amount that he had paid for her. We do not know where this dog is now. I met this breeder after I got Chloe. She has helped me tremendously.

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  2. Just as a note of correction to this wonderful article…..Service Dog Free Press later went in cahoots with GSK, trying their best to discredit the Truth About Griffin Shepherd Kennels because that page would not support the sexually degrading information posted on their site. They did NOT succeed! Service Dog Free Press has been revealed as being run by a man named Jon C. Sabin out of Colton, NY who has been charged with such crimes as larceny and for selling dogs as “service dogs” that injured several children…..he is legally banned from operating in the Service Dog industry at all. Google him…..you’ll be amazed!

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  3. We have a number of breeders in Wisconsin who are puppy mills and they breed for money and charge a premium. These are often Amish people who breed small dogs, cross breed them as designer dogs and offer no papers or guarantee. These places need to be shut down as they indiscriminately breed and often produce puppies with severe medical problems and of course refuse to stand by the puppies and try to blame you for the problem. I have purchased 1 great dane with the color white being the primary and fawn color from a champion Harlequin litter (black and white) . I purchased mine from 1 of 2 from Dane rescue in another state at 4 weeks of age and 25 lbs. The breeder got these 2 out of the litter as it showed that there was a fawn great dane in the background and there fore the litter was tainted!! Unfortunately my great dane lived til 3 years old with medical problems so severe, he had to be put down at 205 #. . I notified the dane rescue and they informed me that the brother in this litter also had been put down. My wife purchased 2 yorkies from a breeder in california with whom she had been corresponding. Both yorkies had the same sire and different mothers , were PET quality and she paid over $2400 and after 6 years, 1 had been diagnosed with a collapsed trachaea and is on lasix and prednisone for the last 3 years and is still going strong on the medication. People, make sure your breeder is reputable and can furnish you with references and people who have a puppy from them!

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