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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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24 Sep

ROAD TRIP! Tia Torres + Team Are NYC-Bound to Meet Jon Stewart on The Daily Show!

Guess who's on the road and entering New York City today?! Tia and the Pit Bulls & Parolees crew have been driving northward from New Orleans to meet the forever brilliant Jon Stewart! So, CLEAR your evening plans and get ready to watch the meeting of two great minds.

Tia of course also has a few pups in tow — HOW do you travel with a handful of dogs?! With many, many "pit" stops. Here are a few snaps of her taking one of the many — in Pennsylvania:

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Sept. 25 UPDATE! Miss the show last night?! Here's the full interview:

 

Visit the Pit Bulls & Parolees site for more videos and get ready for Season 6, premiering Saturday, Oct. 4, @ 10PM e/p!

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15 Sep

Pull Out Your Tissues: Abandoned Pit Bull Gets Touching Rescue

PitbullrescueWe're used to seeing touching pit bull stories on Pit Bulls and Parolees quite often. But that doesn't mean we don't find ourself in need of a tissue or two after watching each one.

This rescue, captured by animal rescue organization Hope for Paws, got us a little choked up at our desks. According to Viral Nova, this pit bull's previous bad experiences with humans made her a bit hesistant to be rescued. They were able to finally bring her into safety with a trail of hamburgers leading to a cage. Once the pit bull, who has been named Bunny, was brought into the safety of the rescue sheleter, it was clear all she wanted was a bit of love.

Watch the whole video to see the touching moments:

Ready for even more touching pit bull rescues? An all-new season of Pit Bulls & Parolees returns Oct. 4 at 10PM E/P!

18 Aug

Team Villalobos & Pit Bulls & Parolees EP Lisa Lucas Take on the ALS #IceBucketChallenge

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EVERYONE's getting on board with the ALS Association's #IceBucketChallenge! When Earl and Matt from Villalobos took on the challenge and SOAKED themselves, they also nominated our very own Pit Bulls & Parolees Executive Producer Lisa Lucas! Here's Lisa taking one for the whole Animal Planet team - WAY TO GO, Lisa!!

Hey Moe and Kanani ... YOUR MOVE!

Watch Earl and Matt's original video — we know it must have been especially frigid in the middle of those NOLA summer temps!

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4 Aug

How to Help Villalobos Rescue Center

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As you may know, Villalobos Rescue Center is the largest pit bull rescue facility in the world, housing 400 dogs on any given day. With that many dogs, costs begin to stack up, from food (they go through about 3,500 pound of dog food a week!) to general upkeep of the facility.  In fact, it costs about $1000 a day to run Villalobos. So how can you do your part to help the facility? Here’s how:

Monetary Donations

Villalobos is always accepting monetary donations through their web site or by mail. Even better, all donations made to the rescue are 100% tax deductible. You can also make special donations in honor of a birthday, special event or in memory of a loved one.

Donation of Supplies

Villalobos has extensive wish lists on both Amazon and Petflow.com. You can also help them through Amazon Smile! It’s still good ol’ Amazon, you’re still shopping and ordering products to your home, and the prices are the same; the only difference is a portion of the purchase price goes to the charity of your choice. So, if you choose Villalobos as your charity, .5% goes to their funds. It might not sound like much, but every little bit helps! You can even donate to the facility through Amazon Smile.

Sponsoring a Dog

You can also sponsor specific dogs that live at Villalobos. That pit bull you loved on the show but can’t adopt? You can send him or her any amount of money you want either per month or one time only to help with their day-to-day lives. As a sponsor, you can even come out to visit the dog and spend the day with them!

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Volunteering

Villalobos is always looking for volunteers, especially dog walkers. One particularly great program is the Nightwalkers. You go out on a group or “pack” walk in the evenings with special needs dogs from 7 – 8:30 p.m., rain or shine. Then, there is Bully Boot Camp where you can get the full Villalobos experience over a 5-day period. You walk dogs, clean kennels, pick up poop, and help around the facility. You really get a feel for what it’s like to work at Villalobos. Lastly, there are various special projects you can volunteer for, from flood clean up and control to minor construction projects. Remember, their facility in is New Orleans and they won’t provide travel or accommodations.

Think about how you can give back, and keep checking in on the Villalobos Rescue Center and Pit Bulls and Parolees Facebook pages for the latest! And don’t forget to tune in for the season premiere of Pit Bulls and Parolees Saturday, September 27 at 10/9!

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