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As stated yesterday in the announcement of the series, we will be exploring the story that broke open the story behind the story: The Mayo’s beloved family dog, Knox. We will also be discussing the “trainer” who had Knox in her care when he died. It’s important to note who had trained Amelia as well, as Amelia had no training when she was first hired to be an actual trainer. No certification, no prior experience, nothing. As you will see, this is a reoccurring theme with Off Leash. The woman who trained Amelia is named Becca Hammond who we’ll get to later this series. Today we’ll be covering the topic of the shady circumstances surrounding Knox’s death. You’ll see that since there are so many details to this case that there was no other way to expose Off Leash K9 Training,LLC other than in a multiple part series. The time lines have been very well documented, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t confusing as all get out. The other cases of animal cruelty, missing dogs and deaths all have interesting similarities to Knox’s which is why we’re beginning here. The only reason this cases received the amount of attention it did is no doubt because the owners are famous and thankfully they’re using that fame to give other families and dogs who’ve been devastated by this company a fighting chance at justice.
The Mayo family sought out the services of Off Leash K9 Training, LLC – Providence because their English Bulldog Knox was having some behavioral issues mainly surrounding urination and defecation in the Mayo home. Obviously this presents a health hazard to the three children they have, and to Knox himself, so the Mayos wanted to help their dog to not only learn to do his business outside, but also it would be in his best interest to learn discipline. They first contacted Off Leash, who came highly recommended to the family, in April and was assigned Amelia Ferreira as their dog trainer. By all accounts, Amelia came off as a respectable and knowledgeable trainer from a well respected company. Had there been any red flags at all, the Mayo family would never had placed Knox in the care of these people.
It is important to note how these dogs are boarded. You would think that there would be a kennel situation or doggy boarding house facility that the company uses, but that is far from the case. When you send your dogs to be trained by this company, the dogs go to live with the trainer. That would be all fine and good if there weren’t other dogs being boarded at these private residences with each other. I have heard that in some cases there have been ten dogs boarded at the same time with the trainer, not including the dogs owned by the trainer. This presents a safety hazard to all dogs involved and can be incredibly dangerous for obvious reasons. The Mayos were not aware that this was how this company operated. We all know now that there were at least 5 dogs living in Amelia’s home that she owned along with at least 2 other dogs being “trained” as Amelia’s soon-to-be ex-husband Darrell was arrested for animal cruelty charges for it.
Training for Knox began April 15 and ended on the 29th. During that time there was daily contact, photos and videos sent to Chantel mayo and all seemed well. When Knox was returned home, he arrived without the charger for the e-collar that he was trained with and without the outline of the training regimen for the Mayo family to continue using at home. Chantel contacted Amelia and arranged for that to be dropped off the next day. That didn’t happen. In fact, Amelia didn’t decide to provide these things until 10 whole days later with her excuse being that there had been an unspecified family emergency that prevented her from returning texts, phone calls or anything. That’s not suspect at all… Anwho, in that time, Knox had been urinating inside the house and to remedy this, Amelia offered a refresher course for Knox. How you can offer a refresher when you really didn’t do anything to begin with is beyond me, but that’s how it went down. On the 24th of May, Knox went off with Amelia again and that was the last time the Mayo family was to see him alive.
There was no contact between Chantel and Amelia with pictures and video or any update for the family on how Knox was doing, so by June 9th the mayo family had begun aggressively contacting Amelia who then claimed she hadn’t been able to be in contact as much as she had taken in an aggressive French Bulldog to train. She also claimed that day she had taken Knox with her to the Providence Festival, which no one has been able to actually verify. Amelia said that she would provide Chantel with photos when she returned home later that day. When two days had passed without even so much as a text, Chantel Mayo contacted Amelia once again asking if she was still at the Providence festival which only lasts one day, and demanded photos. Another part of Amelia’s excuses were her saying that her mother who lives with them had been ill and that Knox was acting as a therapy dog for her, thus why she hadn’t had time to really be in touch. How a trainer decides it’s OK to use a dog with behavioral issues as a therapy dog for her mother is probably one of the most unprofessional things I’ve ever heard of. The family was paying for the trainer to train their dog, not use him as a service dog for an ailing stranger. Amelia reassured the Mayo family that Knox was doing well, but had began urinating in the house again. Chantel Mayo told Amelia that she was keeping the mother, who was said to have been in and out of the hospital, in her prayers but wanted Knox to be returned home immediately. She had contacted Amelia’s superior and had complained about the lack of communication, a complaint which landed on deaf ears. As the month of June went on, Amelia claimed to have gone to another festival, this time a blues fest with her niece and her dog. That was June 24th, this date is important. By now Amelia is stating that she will bring Knox home on July 3rd and was using the sick mother excuse still, but the Mayos weren’t having that and since days had again gone by with shoddy contact said that they would come and get him on June 27th. Amelia stated she understood and that she would bring him home herself the very next day. By 4:17 pm on June 28th, Chantel Mayo received a text say Amelia was feeding him and would then bring him home shortly after that. Hours go by with no word from Amelia and at 8pm, Chantel texts Amelia demanding to know where they are. Multiple calls and texts went unanswered until 8:17 when Amelia finally answered a phone call from Chantel while hyperventilating and saying Knox ran away at Joe’s Rock when they stopped there to pee while on a walk. At this point in time, Chantel called the police to get over to Amelia’s location where she was found with Knox’s electronic collar in her hands saying that she had found it in the woods although she couldn’t tell police exactly where she had found it.
The following day, June 29th Off Leash K9 calls in a company we will be exploring in this series as well by the name of Packleader PetTrackers out of providence, RI. The owner by the name of Jamie Genereux tells another tracker, Samantha Jane at another tracking company named Wandering Paws that over several days he had tracked Knox’s scent to a nearby unoccupied house, then back to the pond at Joe’s Rock and that some of Knox’s remains are found and that Knox’s body had likely sunk to the bottom, strange as the bodies of deceased anything tend to float as gases release that raise them to the top.At this point Amelia was sparingly replying to texts and phone calls, acting cooperatively and saying she was willing to do anything to help find Knox. Whatever the case was, by July 7th the Mayo family had hired a dive team to search for Knox and since this pet tracking company had completely made up the story of Knox drowning, a reoccurring theme that will be explored later, they didn’t find anything. At this point in the investigation there is a stand still. That same day, Amelia was pulled over for driving with a suspended license and gave a statement to police when questioned about the whereabouts of Knox. In a surprising turn of events, she admitted to the police that she had never been to Joe’s Rock with Knox. So…how did Packleader track Knox all the way out there if this woman never took him out there? Hmmm, that’s going to be hard to explain, isn’t it? Now, all communication Amelia had been engaged in completely stopped and she began hiding, a very strange thing to do for someone who claimed to be innocent of any wrongdoing. Not a good look, but an even worse look was when on July 13th police who where called for a domestic assault at the Ferreira residence found 5 dogs living in absolutely squalid conditions. They were bumming downstairs in the basement with Amelia’s soon-to-be ex-husband with feces piled up on the floor, piss everywhere with the dogs’ nails being overgrown and their hair matted. Utterly disgusting shit here, but not as disgusting as Amelia taking this opportunity to try to pin the disappearance of Knox on him. He’s a complete animal himself and a tool who abuses women and dogs, but don’t claim he did something he didn’t do. He can do bad all on his own, obviously. Amelia kept up with the lie that her husband was to blame for Knox having gone missing from this time until August 5th when she called the RISPCA to claim that she could show the police where Knox’s body was and that her husband had done it. The reason she had done this was so that she could collect the $5,000 reward for the information leading to his discovery. Isn’t that just lovely?
Upon learning she had nothing to gain from providing this information and after a long questioning by police, she told them her latest version of the “truth”. This version being that on June 22nd, two days before her going to the jazz festival, she had found Knox dead in his crate after returning home from training another dog for four hours. Instead of calling someone to tell them what had happened, she elected to take Knox’s body outside in a trash bag the following day. She had claimed he had died from natural causes, an astounding conclusion from someone who barely had experience in the field of dog training to be able to determine the cause of death of an animal. The Mayo family had an autopsy preformed and the report was released today, its results being inconclusive:
Basically, it states that Knox was so decomposed that there was literally no way to tell how he had died. Had she come forward about this much, much sooner that wouldn’t be the case. That makes you wonder why, if she hadn’t done anything wrong, why would she not tell anyone sooner? Did she have something to hide? Was she ultimately responsible for his death? Should she be charged with animal cruelty in addition to her 4 counts of obstruction of justice? We’ll never be able say for certain, although in this series you will come to find that the answer to these may very well just be a resounding “Yes”. We all know that Amelia has a record including things such as possession of drugs, larceny and embezzlement. A lot of people feel that record should include Animal cruelty, as well.
This investigation into Off Leash K9 Training,LLC is not going to be pretty. In fact, it’s going to be down right disturbing. You’re going to be shown how dogs are mistreated, lost or possibly stolen and how they die. You’ll learn how they hire animal abusers with criminal records, some showing past arrests for animal cruelty. We will be showing you how their training methods are deplorable and how a terrified dog isn’t a trained dog.The investigation into Packleader PetTrackers is going to be enraging, as you’ll come to find that this guy likes to take credit for other people’s finds and will readily charge an insane amount of money to produce nothing. You’ll be amazed at home many animals “must have drowned” just like Knox, except oftentimes those people don’t have the money to hire divers or have their dogs show up weeks later or be found by real dog trackers. We’ll also show you what to look for when hiring real dog trainers and trackers, the do’s and don’t. This will hopefully ensure that your pet is kept safe from these animals, and if they go missing will actually be found. Ultimately, this series will be for the justice of these dogs and their families. Stay tuned for part two tomorrow where we will be discussing how Off Leash has scrubbed the internet of their social media accounts (nothing shady about that!), the “trainer” that trained Amelia and how Packleader has completely ripped off many other folks. See you guys then!