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30 Mar

Pit Bull Comforts Frightened Deer (VIDEO)

Anyone that sees pit bulls as menaces to society hasn’t met Gotti the Pit Bull.

Don’t let the name fool you—Gotti has a sweet side that came out when a deer became stuck in his family’s garden fence in Greenville, NY. According to the YouTube user that uploaded the video, Gotti stayed by the deer’s side, licking its face and comforting the frightened creature, until animal rescue officials arrived.

Watch and let your heart turn to mush:

See what sweet and loving dogs pit bulls really are and watch heartwarming moments from Pit Bulls and Parolees, only on AnimalPlanet.com.

26 Mar

Animal Planet to Air Special Show Us Your Pits Episode of Pit Bulls and Parolees

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Are you in Pit Bulls and Parolees withdrawal yet? Another amazing season has come to a close and we’re already waiting for the next!

Over the past six years, we’ve followed Villalobos Rescue Center and their hundreds of dogs across California, to the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where Tia and her crew have withstood hurricanes, wild fires, and the obstacles that come with running the world’s largest pit bull rescue. The fans have been there every step of the way, as we’ve witnessed the highs and lows that come with changing society’s perception of the world’s most misunderstood dog breed.

As a thank you from us, Animal Planet will air a special Show Us Your Pits episode of Pit Bulls and Parolees, featuring the #ShowUsYourPits pit bull photographs from YOU that we haven’t aired yet. Tune in Saturday at 10/9c for the special presentation that was made with the fans and their beloved dogs in mind. Your dog may even make a cameo appearance!

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20 Mar

Saturday's Going to the Pits! Pit Bulls & Parolees Season Finale Airs Saturday at 10/9c

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Are you a Pit Bulls and Parolees fan? Then cancel your weekend plans because Saturday is going to the dogs!

It’s all pit bulls, all day long tomorrow on Animal Planet. The festivities begin early at 9am with our all-day Pit Bulls and Parolees Viewers Choice marathon, featuring the show’s best episodes, as picked by the fans.

The night begins with at 9/8c with Pit Bulls and Parolees: Unleashed, featuring behind the scenes and never before seen footage from this season. It also features our own Tia Torres looking back on memorable moments and giving the fans insight into what they didn’t see on TV. It all leads up to our Pit Bulls and Parolees season finale at 10/9c, in which Tia, after risking her own life to help rescue an abandoned dog, finds herself at odds with a local shelter over the dog’s fate.

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11 Mar

Five Malnourished Pit Bulls Rescued from Bronx Apartment

NYPD cops from the Bronx responding to reports of a domestic dispute ending up finding another type of crime: animal cruelty.

Members of the 49th Precinct’s conditions team found five starving and malnourished pit bulls at an apartment in Williamsbridge last Thursday, according to a New York Daily News article. Upon entering the home, the cops found zero food or water dishes in the entire apartment.

The pups were brought to the 49th precinct station house where they were fed and given water before being given to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for further treatment.

The couple to whom the cops were originally responding were both arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

No animal should go hungry. Watch as Tia and crew rescue a starving pit bull:

Watch Pit Bulls & Parolees every Saturday at 10/9c!

9 Mar

Florida Dog Shot Twice, Tied to Railroad Tracks, THANKFULLY Rescued

A dog that was shot twice then tied to railroad tracks in Tampa, Fla., was saved by police officers who responded to reports of gunfire last Wednesday.

The 1-to-2-year-old mixed breed, named Cabela, had been shot in the neck and shoulder and tied to railroad tracks with a belt, according to The Huffington Post

After being freed, Cabela was taken to the Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Center. It was initially believed she might have needed a leg amputated, but according to TV station WTSP, vets at the center put stainless steel hardware in her leg, thus saving it. 

The Tampa Police Department has asked for help in locating suspects in this case and has encouraged anyone with information to call 813-265-4043. For information on how to help Cabela, please visit the TBVEC site.

Watch another tearful rescue below:

For more amazing rescues, watch Pit Bulls & Parolees Saturdays at 10/9c!

6 Mar

Prosthetic Boot Gives Pit Bull Another Chance At Life (VIDEO)

Seven months ago, a pit bull named Girlie Girl was left paralyzed after getting hit by a car. Today, after months of rehabilitation, she is walking and looking for her forever home.

Things didn’t come easy for this sweet pit bull from Arkansas. While she regained the use of her legs over time, one of her hind paws remained paralyzed. That’s when Josh Ketelsen from the Snell Prosthetic and Orthotic Laboratory entered and decided to donate this time and services to building Girly Girl a prosthetic boot.

Get some tissues for this one:

For more on Girlie Girl, visit The Dodo.

And for more feel-good pit bull moments, watch videos from Pit Bulls & Parolees.

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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Credit: BC SPCA

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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