"Pit Bulls and Parolees" is a reality docu-series on Animal Planet.

New Dreams. New Orleans. Tia Torres has spent the last 20 years of her life in California building Villalobos, the largest pit bull rescue in the United States. But insurmountable issues with the local community and government drove her to make the life-altering decision to leave her home state. Torres realized the jazz notes of "The Big Easy" were playing her tune. A city known for its resilience, strength and kindness may just be the perfect place for her family, her pit bulls and her parolees to rebuild and reenergize.

New Orleans has one of the highest populations of pit bulls in the country with many of them living on the streets. Louisiana also has the highest number of parolees of almost any state. It's seemingly the perfect place for Villalobos' new home, but change doesn't come easy. Will this new community embrace Villalobos and its mission? Is it even possible to move an entire family, 200 pit bulls and all their needed equipment halfway across the country?

"Hope, faith, recovery, resilience — that's New Orleans — and it reminds me of myself and also of a pit bull. No matter the circumstances, we strive to move forward," says Torres. "I'm grateful to this beautiful city for giving us a second chance; hopefully we've found a place where my family can feel at home and do the work we live for."

Over the years, Torres has faced the discrimination that came with being married to a convict and endured the intolerance surrounding her beloved pit bull breed. She's also managed to recruit a staff of parolees to help keep her facility running smoothly and has raised two daughters and adopted twin sons. Torres' deep commitment to second chances is the driving force behind Villalobos — unwanted pit bulls receive the rehabilitation they need to move on to loving homes and parolees who can't find jobs elsewhere are given a shot at redemption.

In Season 7, Tia's children — Tania, Mariah, Kanani and Keli'i aka Moe — along with their significant others take on more proactive day-to-day roles at Villalobos. Because satellite locations are spread among blistering Louisiana swamps and the resilient neighborhoods of the Ninth Ward, all hands are on deck to accommodate the constant intake of dogs. In the swamps, the plight of abused and unwanted dogs isn't limited to just pit bulls. Villalobos now has rescued hounds, spaniel mixes, terriers and more. Villalobos favorite Earl contemplates a risky surgery to correct a debilitating prison injury, and parolee Sui embarks on his first rescue. Jackson Galaxy from Animal Planet's "My Cat from Hell" helps Tia rehome 38 feral cats near a massive sinkhole. Throughout the years, viewers have followed "Pit Bulls & Parolees" favorites from desperate rescues through rehabilitation. Now, some of Tia's long-time residents finally have a chance at finding their forever homes. Tia's mission continues to prove that a second chance is the greatest gift of all.

"Pit Bulls and Parolees" is produced for Animal Planet by Rive Gauche Television and 44 Blue Productions. David Auerbach is the executive producer for Rive Gauche and Rasha Drachkovitch is the executive producer for 44 Blue. Lisa Lucas is executive producer for Animal Planet.

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Network: Animal Planet
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: October 30, 2009
Seasons: 8
Production Companies:
Rive Gauche Television
44 Blue Productions

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gale says:
u r awesome i have a 4 yr old pit he is the best dog i have had he was left at my home by someone who would have not done the right thing with him he is 90 lbs of love i tell people all the time its not the dog its the people we love him and he loves us good luck your show makes me love the breed even more
grinch says:
wow,what a blessing some one that understands just like these dogs we are also willing and capable to attack whjen threatened,scared abused or pushed, but just like these dogs we are loyal friendly and capable.I think it is a blessing that a person will take time to help uor breed thank you and GOD bless you
quandra says:
I would like to adopt one or two of your pit bulls a male and a female blue nose pit buls. I have a 13 year old boy and a 10 year old daughter. please get back to me as soon as possible and let me know what I need to do. I Love your show me and my son watch it all the time. Aould like to know if you still have Zeus or Panther
brooke says:
i love your show ive always wanted to do wat your doing i have a pit bull of my own i recused him from a owner that use to beat him hes my world i would do anything for him i look up to u guys if i could i would take every pitbull you have out there their the most friendlys dogs..
diana says:
what Tia Maria Torres is doing it's really fantastic,she and her family are wonderfull1 thanks very much, Diana

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