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Season 4

In Season 4, Torres gets right to work recruiting new parolees to join her staff as they rebuild Villalobos in the city's ninth ward. New Orleans brings more stories of rescue and rehabilitation, from the sad case of a dog abandoned and near death; a family of eight looking for a new dog after losing its pet to cancer; and an explosion of cuteness at the facility when Torres rescues two mama dogs and their 20 puppies. And for a rescue from California's high desert, rain, lightening and floods are an entirely unfamiliar obstacle that they'll have to learn to overcome quickly!

Season 1

On "Pit Bulls and Parolees," Animal Planet brings together 200 pit bulls, 6 convicted felons on parole, and 10 dusty acres in the middle of nowhere. Welcome to Villalobos Rescue Center, the crossroads for a chance at redemption for both man and man's best friend. At the center of it all is one extraordinary woman: fiery red-headed Tia Maria Torres — one of the country's most renowned pit bull trainers and the founder of the center which is the country's largest rescue facility for pit bulls. In this new series, follow the fiery drama and unexpected joy as felons and ill-reputed dogs come together to rescue one another from their dim pasts and bring new meaning to life. Torres works against all odds to save "Pit Bulls and Parolees" from dangerous and abusive situations and to help repair their reputations and their lives.

Pit bulls are eager to please, faithful and enthusiastic friends and pleasant with children according to credible canine organizations. Really, it's true. Yet, the public largely associates these dogs with fear, danger and unyielding aggression toward people.

Pit bulls actually were once ranked among American's top five favorite pets and also known as the "nanny dog" for their gentleness with children. But they have fallen from grace. Now often associated with gang members, dog fighting and attacks, pit bulls are misunderstood, misjudged and under-appreciated. Their bad rap stems from many misconceptions — the biggest is that they are "killer" dogs that pose a threat to society. While most dogs are known as man's best friend, people have lost hope for the pit bull.

In "Pit Bulls and Parolees," Torres is dead set on fighting the perception that pit bulls are the pariahs of the dog world and giving the ones in her care the love they deserve. Because of irresponsible ownership, pit bulls have been blamed for the wrongdoings of their owners. Nowadays, pit bulls unjustly are viewed as unadoptable, with many shelters automatically deciding to put them down. Fighting stereotypes against both pit bulls and parolees, Torres wants people to understand that these dogs can make incredible pets and that people should think twice before they judge this breed and the men at her ranch who help save them.

"Pit Bulls and Parolees" follows the turbulent drama and bittersweet moments as ex-convicts and ill-reputed dogs come together to strengthen one another. Sharing the same dominant traits of a pit bull — determination, agility, strength and energy — Torres has the power to make a positive change for the prison community and the dog world. Watch as one woman pulls the weight of 1,000 men to fulfill her dream of saving pit bulls from dangerous situations and giving parolees a chance to repair their reputations and their lives.

"Pit Bulls and Parolees" is produced for Animal Planet by 44 Blue. Executive producer for 44 Blue is Rasha Drachkouitch. Lisa Lucas is executive producer for Animal Planet. Marc Etkind is vice president of development for Animal Planet.