HYANNIS, Mass. (WHDH) -
When you arrive on Augusto Deoliveira's property you can't miss the dogs, the puppies and, if you look closer behind the house, the chickens, ducks and goats.
The 22-year-old grew up on a farm in Brazil and he calls his home in Hyannis Griffin Shepherd Kennel where he trains and breads German shepherds.
"They always impressed with how the dogs followed me and listened to me,” he said.
Deoliveira has been training dogs for about 4 years now on the cape and he's always busy.
However people on Facebook aren't too happy with some of his choices; there have been more than a dozen complaints including putting the dogs on a raw food diet which he gets from local farmers.
“It’s what they digest really easily, raw meat, bones and organ meat. It really keeps them very healthy,” he said.
Before he moved to Hyannis Deoliveira did have a kennel license,
"When I moved out of the house I found this house I called the town first and they didn’t really know what to tell me so they said I just had to get a kennel license. After I moved in here they told me I didn't have the right zoning,” he said.
Ultimately Augusto wants to adopt more dogs and live with all of his German shepherds. At the moment three of his adult dogs are staying in other homes because of zoning laws.
Neighbors seem to love the young dog trainer
"I first saw Augusto walking his pack on Main Street and I was impressed immediately with the way the dogs behaved,” Joe Mackinnon said.
Deoliveira says he'll have to find a bigger space to keep all his dogs. Right now he's living with 6 German shepherds but the puppies are less than 6-months-old and all being adopted so he says he's not breaking any zoning laws.