A post on the facebook wall of a long-time local dog trainer has set off the social media equivalent of a stoning, bringing more than 4000 angry comments, 2500 shares and thousands of reactions. In the post, Piazza's K9 Services Unlimited tells readers that if they bring their pit bulls back to where they bought or adopted them, they will train their new dogs for free.
"Nobody would say this. It's insanity. And to think that it was going to have no backlash? Well, that's just stupid," said Kim Strong, founder of animal rights group, "Lainey's Army."
Owner Sal Piazza says the post was in response to calls he was getting about pit bull attacks.
"Eight or nine people, calling us with complaints that the dog's going after their children, going after their pets, so I said bring it back to the Humane Society, get another dog, I will train it for free. So that's where that post started from. Maybe I should have explained it better," said Piazza. "I want the people to understand this; I've been training dogs for a long time. We don't hate any breed."
Another local trainer made a post of her own. Victoria Porter, of Evolutionary K9 Academy, in Richfield Springs, is offering two free training sessions and half off training for the life of a pit bull or bully mix.
"It's been overwhelming. I woke up with like 2000 notifications on my phone this morning and more messages coming in than I can reply to," said Porter. "I don't believe any dog is born bad; I think it's in how they're raised and socialized and trained and every dog needs training from day one....I honestly love them, they are so loving and so loyal."
National pit bull advocates weighed in. Shorty Rossi, of the former TV show, "Pit Boss", made a Facebook post, asking readers not to use Piazza's services and to comment on his Yelp.