Bites at Animal Planet

Pit Bulls and Parolees

21 Feb

Ten Animals Who Are Ready for Spring


It's that time of year again: You're tired of wearing boots and winter jackets, but it's too cold to go without them. You're ready for spring. You're ready for summer. You're just ready to stop freezing your tookus off.

You're not alone. Here are ten animals who are just as excited as you for there to no longer be snow on the ground, a chill in the air and owners trying to make them wear ridiculous (but oh, so adorable!) sweaters.

1. Daisy

Our dog Daisy's first snow day (submitted by Cliff F.)

Continue reading >

15 Feb

Pit Bulls & Parolees SEASON FINALE: Hurricane Isaac Approaches, Villalobos Locks Down



As Hurricane Isaac tears through New Orleans, Villalobos faces a challenge unlike any they have previously encountered. After evacuating 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.

Storm Surge premieres Saturday @ 10 p.m. e/p


Before tomorrow's Season Finale, tune in to Season 4 Unleashed at 9 p.m. e/p.  Join Tia as she looks back at the greatest moments of the season, from dramatic rescues and heart-warming adoptions, to heated encounters with parolees. Plus, a look behind the scenes and updates on the dogs featured this season.

Watch highlights from last week's episode, as Villalobos prepares for the coming hurricane season:

Continue reading >

8 Feb

Pit Bulls & Parolees: Villalobos Prepares for a NOLA Hurricane Season


       Villalobos floods during the first unexpected big storm


With hurricane season quickly approaching, Villalobos gets hit with the worst rainstorm yet, soaking the rescue under more than a foot of water.  Knowing that this is just the beginning, Tia sets in motion a plan to get everything ready just as a hurricane begins rolling toward New Orleans.

Storm on the Horizon premieres Saturday @ 10 p.m. e/p

Later, while going through her files, Tia uncovers a clue that may lead Mariah and the twins to track down a Katrina dog’s original owner.  And, trusted Villalobos employee Rico must step up to the plate and hit the road with Tia when his grandparents submit an application to adopt a shy puppy.


Watch More Pit Bulls and Parolees Videos >>


2 Feb

Pit Bulls & Parolees: Praying for Miracles at Villalobos


Pit-bulls-parolees-412Tia receives news of a desperately sick dog coughing up blood on the streets of New Orleans, triggering a race against the clock to save the pit bull’s life.

Making Miracles
Premieres Tonight @ 10 p.m. e/p


And, another twist in the story of Chong, the twins’ favorite pit bull, leads the Villalobos team on an emotional rollercoaster.

Finally, Tia offers to help with a long distance adoption necessitating a drive to New York City.

Watch More Pit Bulls and Parolees Videos >>



25 Jan

Pit Bulls & Parolees: Mariah Gets Heartbreaking News


Mariah is devastated when she learns that a friend has passed away in this Saturday's episode, A Family Affair.


Meanwhile, it's just another day at Villalobos when several dogs are dumped at the rescue, pushing kennels to the limit. 


A Family Affair Premieres this Saturday @ 10 p.m. e/p.

And, a couple from Tia’s past and their father-in-law end up adopting four dogs -- meaning a trip back to California for the Villalobos team.


Watch More Pit Bulls and Parolees Videos >>


18 Jan

Pit Bulls & Parolees: Villalobos Team Makes Heart-Wrenching Discovery in the Woods


After Tia receives an anoymous tip, she and her team find themselves in a dangerous situation as they attempt to rescue dogs that may be involved in a dog-fighting ring.  When they hear gun shots in the woods, they have to act fast to save one pup before someone gets hurt.

Freedom Fighters Premieres this Saturday @ 10 p.m. e/p.

And, for one lucky pit bull, a new home awaits ... if the resident dog agrees.


Watch More Pit Bulls and Parolees Videos >>


10 Jan

Pit Bulls & Parolees: Pit Bull Rescued from Drain Pipe, Saved Again by Zach Randolph and Villalobos


Tia is called on by the Memphis Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph to help find a home for a rescued pit bull in Memphis, Tenn.  After being trapped in a drain pipe for several days and rescued by local authorities, the traumatized little guy needs a loving forever home.  Enter Villalobos!

Buried Alive Premieres this Saturday, Jan. 12, @ 10 p.m. e/p.

And, Dameon, one of Tia's most trusted parolees, returns to California to learn whether he will be released from parole. While Tia waits to hear if Dameon will be returning to Villalobos, Mariah and Earl are given the responsibility of training Grizzly, a puppy rescued from the 9th Ward, in preparation for his adoption. 




4 Jan

Pit Bulls & Parolees: It's Getting HOT in New Orleans in All New Episodes!

It's getting hot, hot, HOT in New Orleans as temperatures and tempers sore at Villalobos. 

TUNE IN: All New Episodes Return Saturday, Jan. 5, @ 10pm e/p!

In Saturday's episode, Tia grows weary of the parolees’ laziness, first going on a junk clearing rampage around the warehouse; then calling a meeting to call them all out!  Most of them take it in stride and do their best to step it up - except the newest parolee Randy. Don't miss this - it gets EXPLOSIVE.

And, a dog rescued in the searing heat gets a second chance when a trusted volunteer steps up to give the unusual-looking dog a new forever home. How could anyone not LOVE this sweet face??  I mean, LOOK:


Watch More Pit Bulls and Parolees Videos >>



7 Dec

Fix Your Pit Bulls and Parolees Withdrawal With These Clips!


With new episodes of Pit Bulls and Parolees not arriving until Jan. 5, we're going through a little bit of Villalobos and pit bull withdrawal over here. What about you?

To tide ourselves over til the big return, we've picked five of our favorite moments from this season of Pit Bulls and Parolees. We thought we'd share them with you in case you needed a little pit bull pick-me-up too.


Overrun With Puppies: Three words: Pit bull puppies. It doesn't get any more adorable than that.

Continue reading >

30 Nov

You Did it: Watch and Give Updates and More!


Did you tune in last Saturday for Animal Planet's annual "Watch and Give" for Pit Bulls and Parolees? If so, thank you! You were one of 1.3 million viewers who helped drive $50,000 in donations towards the Villalobos Rescue Center. This was the third year in a row that viewers' generosity helped Tia Torres's New Orleans-based pit bull rescue.

[WATCH: See Highlights from Pit Bulls and Parolees!]

As a thank you, tune in on Saturday for an all-day marathon of Pit Bulls and Parolees starting at 10 AM E/P. The marathon leads into the mid-season finale of the show, which premieres at 10 PM E/P. Are you ready to catch up on a season full of laughs, tears and, most of all, gorgeous pit bulls? Tune in tomorrow and prepare yourself with this clip from this season!

about the blog

Welcome to the Bites @ Animal Planet, where you can connect with the people who bring Animal Planet to life. Find out what's in the works here at Animal Planet, share your feedback with the team and see what's getting our attention online and in the news.







stay connected

our sites