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27 Feb

Dog Found Frozen to the Ground is OK, but Reminds Us of These Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe in Cold Temps

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Calling all pet owners! It's cold. But we don't need to tell you that. What you should know is that animals think it's cold, too. And sometimes, it's just way too cold for them to be outside.

Little Elsa, a chow-mix from Ecorse, Mich., was found frozen in her backyard on February 17.

Luckily, a neighbor heard her cries and checked on her, otherwise, she'd still be frozen, tangled and bleeding! 

"It took about a half an hour to get her unfrozen from the ground," Patricia Trevino of the River Rouge Animal Shelter told myFOXdetroit. "They had to pour warm water on her. Her two legs were frozen. The side of her face and her side, she was literally laying [sic] frozen to the ground," myFOXdetroit reports.  

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She's being treated for frostbite at Healthy Paws Veterinary Medical Center, but her rescuer Patricia Trevino says that "she may lose a leg or two," myFOXdetroit reports.

Elsa's story is a perfect example of why keeping your dog outside 24/7 is a bad idea in the winter; it's just not safe. 

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26 Feb

Pit Bull Who Survived Abuse Wears Cute Doggie Outfits

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A pit bull entered Atlanta's Fulton County Animal Services last summer, covered in skin abrasions, home-cropped ears and a sweet personality.

Diamond, a brown and white pit bull with a huge smile, caught the attention of volunteer Neely Conway.

"When I saw Diamond, I was immediately brought to tears," Conway said in a recent Huffington Post interview. "When I took her outside I couldn't stop crying. This sweet animal had suffered so much, but was approaching dogs and humans with such a loving and gentle demeanor. I knew she needed to be saved."

Conway looked for rescue groups to help find Diamond a foster home; a safe situation she envisioned that would lead to her adoption. But Conway was having trouble finding a home for the abused pit bull, who may have looked scary to some.

Everything changed when Conway wrote a blog post about Diamond and shared it on Reddit.

The post was forwarded to Melinda McGuire, who wasn't in the market for a new dog. Regardless, the photos caught McGuire's heart forever.

"All I can say was something grabbed my heart when I saw Diamond's picture, and even sitting here now looking over at her I still feel it," McGuire told The Huffington Post.

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24 Feb

Dog Risks Life to Save Animal Friend

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A dog is battling for his life after trying to save the life of another dog. Patrick, a 2-year-old dog, was found in Santa Fe hovering over his litter mate, covered in punctures and wounds all over his face, head and upper body and legs.

Santa Fe Animal Control found Patrick along a country road Saturday morning in terrible shape. Now, it's a challenge for Patrick to make his way out of his kennel.

Santa Fe Animal Control believes Patrick got his wounds from a number of animals, possibly coyotes, who were trying to attack Patrick's animal friend.

"It was pretty clear he was determined to not leave the side of his friend," said Santa Fe Animal Shelter Director of Growth Evelyn Viechec.

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24 Feb

Missing Dog Endures Abuse but is Finally Reunited With Family

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When the Westaway's three-year-old son, Ethan, accidentally let their dog Ryder out the front door of their Surrey, B.C., home on Valentine's Day morning, they weren't expecting the lab to come back a victim of animal abuse.

Ryder still hadn't returned by afternoon and the only clue the Westaways received was a call from a private number saying the dog had been roaming Chimney Hill Elementary School. The woman didn't say anything else and did not leave any contact information, as reported by The National Post.

Things only get stranger. 

Hours went by without any leads on the missing pup, until midnight, when police responded to a call. A landlord from a near by complex phoned help for its tenant: a 24-year-old Surrey woman covered in blood. She claimed that a dog attacked her.

But that was far from the case.

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17 Feb

Pit Bulls & Parolees: Tia Picks Her Favorite Episodes JUST For You, This Saturday

Ever wonder what Tia's favorite Pit Bulls & Parolees episodes of all time are?  OF COURSE YOU DO! 

Prepare to relive her most memorable moments this Saturday, Feb. 21, in a special evening programmed with Tia's favorite episodes — followed by an all-new episode "From Darkness to Dawn" at 10/9c! AND, we know you won't be done after that watch a special third pick by Tia, available online only!

Chat with Tia during the show, before Saturday's 10/9c all-new premiere — join us for a Facebook Q&A with Tia Maria Torres of Pit Bulls & Parolees, starting at 8pm ET on the Pit Bulls and Parolees Facebook page.

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Here's a sneak peek of her picks followed by an all-new episode at 10/9c —

8PM: Tia's Pick — Season 3, Episode 1, Judgement Day
After several months of preparation, Tia and her crew are just days away from completing the rescue’s move to the paradise of Tehachapi. However, Tia’s dream quickly becomes a nightmare as a public hearing turns against her and she is handed a devastating decision. Then, a call from the former owner of one of Villalobos' most aggressive dogs leads to one of Pit Bulls and Parolees' most surprising and emotional moments yet.
Original Air Date: Nov. 12, 2011

9PM: Tia's Pick — Season 4, Episode 15, Storm Surge
As Hurricane Isaac tears through New Orleans, Villalobos faces a challenge unlike any they have previously encountered. Having evacuated dozens of dogs to an area an hour outside of the city, Tia and Mariah believe they are safe, only to have their plan backfire when the area floods and they are cut off from the rest of the world.
Original Air Date: Feb. 16, 2013

10PM: Season 6, All-New Premiere, From Darkness to Dawn
A late night rescue, deep in the Louisiana swamp, leads to a heart-wrenching discovery when Tia takes the dog to the vet. Then, with Earl’s arm continuing to cause him pain, the community rallies in a rather unusual way to help him raise funds for surgery. Finally, Mariah is forced to conquer one of her biggest fears when an adopter with a unique challenge comes looking for a new family member.
Premieres: Feb. 21, 2015

Online Only: Tia's Pick — Season 2, Episode 10, Trial By Fire
A special needs adoption for a deaf dog sends Tia and parolee Joe on a road trip to San Diego to meet a blind dog. Then Tia’s worst nightmares come true, when a wildfire burns dangerously close to Villlalobos, forcing her and the parolees to evacuate the nearly 200 dogs from the ranch.  And thinking the fire may be a sign, Tia investigates a property that she thinks could be her dream come true and the new home for the rescue, only to have it threatened by another wildfire. You can watch TRIAL BY FIRE now >>
Original Air Date: Jan. 15, 2011

 

In the meantime, watch some highlights from Tia's Favorite Episodes in our flashback playlist:

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Tune in Saturday, starting at 8PM for Tia's Favorite Episodes, followed by an all-new premiere at 10/9c!

 

 

10 Feb

Eight Sweater-Wearing Dogs Found in Abandoned Brooklyn Home

Cops coming to answer a burglary call were greeted by a rather cute surprise. Eight sweater-wearing dogs were found in an abandoned home, according to the NYPD.

According to NBC 4 New York, the dogs were taken to Animal Care and Control to receive medical treatment and they'll be available for adoption three days after being medically cleared.

The precinct also tweeted that anyone interested in adopting the pups should call AC&C at 212-788-4000, and mention they were interested in the dogs brought in by NYPD Precinct 61.

You never know what you might find in abandoned houses - take it from Tia and her Pit Bulls and Parolees crew in the video below:

Want to see more amazing dog rescues? Tune in to Pit Bulls and Parolees every Saturday at 10/9c.

3 Oct

Man And Dog Reunited At Villalobos After Weeks Apart

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Do you believe in Karma?

Since Villalobos Rescue Center arrived in New Orleans, Tia and her team have become familiar with the homeless community, who turn to the rescue for their dogs needs.

One homeless man named Rick relied on the VRC’s generosity before. One day, his pit bull, Karma, fell into a local river, and Rick jumped in after her. Karma came out unscathed, Rick ended up with a bad staph infection that forced him into a hospital for treatment, according to VRC. That forced Rick to do the unthinkable and leave Karma with Tia at VRC.

Tia didn’t get Rick’s last name or the name of the hospital he’d be staying at. Who knows if Rick would ever return? Regardless, Tia made Karma feel at home, as did the VRC supporters that sent in plenty of pink collars and other goodies for the pit bull.

Fortunately for everyone involved, Rick returned to VRC about two weeks later. Needless to say, Karma couldn't look any happier. Have some tissues handy and take a look at the pictures on the VRC Facebook page.

UPDATE: Things are looking up for Rick and Karma! VRC announced that Rick is working for the rescue and has found temporary housing! To learn more and help the two, visit the VRC Facebook for more information.

More amazing rescues await when Pit Bulls and Parolees returns for its sixth season Saturday at 10/9c! Believe us, you’ll want to have some tissues handy for the season premiere!

1 Oct

Pit Bulls & Parolees: The Villalobos Team Returns! Get a Sneak Peek of an All-New Season

Get ready for a new season of Pit Bulls & Parolees, this Saturday at 10 p.m. e/p! Tia Torres and the Villalobos team return for Season 6 with all-new heartbreaking, daring rescues, along with some sweet, happy endings for a few of these wonderful dogs.

Saturday night's season premiere kicks off by catching up with one of our favorite pups, Cheech. He finally gets his chance at finding his forever home — but, when he meets his potential new family and doggy siblings, the encounter takes a sudden, unfortunate turn!

Will he finally get his chance?! Watch a sneek peek video of the meeting and tune in Saturday to see what happens:

And, remember to tune into the Aftershow, following the 10PM e/p premiere! That's right - at 11PM e/p, Tia will be answering your questions via Social Media in a special hour hosted by Animal Planet's Executive Producer, Lisa Lucas. Follow her on Twitter here >>

AND, use the hashtag #ShowUsYourPits to submit photos of your special pit bull by Facebook, Twitter or Instagram during the hour and YOUR handsome pup may make it on air! Read more about it here >>

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Tune In Saturday at 10PM e/p for the Season 6 premiere of Pit Bulls & Parolees! And, stay tuned for the Aftershow at 11PM e/p.

 

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1 Oct

We Want YOUR Pit Bulls! #ShowUsYourPits

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We’re just a few days away from the new season of Pit Bulls and Parolees, and needless to say, we have pit bulls on the brain. Between our all-day marathons all this week, Saturday’s season premiere and first-ever Pit Bulls and Parolees Aftershow, it’s safe to say we’ve surrendered all control to this amazing breed.

UPDATE: #SHOWUSYOURPITS IS A HUGE SUCCESS! See the fabulous photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Saturday’s aftershow, airing right after the season premiere at 11/10c, features Tia Torres in the hot seat, answering fan questions in front of a live audience at the Tahyo Tavern in New Orleans. But the aftershow won’t be complete without YOU and your beloved pit bull. Just post your pit bull’s picture to Twitter, Instagram and the Pit Bulls and Parolees Facebook page with #ShowUsYourPits and you may see your dog on TV during the aftershow.

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25 Sep

Meet Cuda, The "Deformed" Pit Bull That's Changing Minds and Hearts

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Photo by Julie LaRoy

Let’s get the obvious out of the way. With her short spine, long legs and overbite, Cuda isn’t the most attractive dog around. But look past her unusual appearance and you’ll find a sweet dog that has now become an unlikely advocate to change the stigmas some animals face on a regular basis.

This girl’s story began when her owner, Julie LaRoy, she came across the dog while working as an animal control officer in North Carolina, according to the Huffington Post. She sent her husband a picture as a plea to let the dog come home with them. After some initial resistance, LaRoy’s husband relented.

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