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Animal Planet’s ‘Pit Bulls & Parolees’ returns next month

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Tia Torres is a firm believer in second chances. She's dedicated the past two decades to building Villalobos Rescue Center - the largest pit bull rescue center in the US.

Torres gives a new lease on life to dogs that were discarded, demonized and abused - often due solely to the reputation of their breed. Villalobos also has offered a fresh start to the more than 50 parolees that Tia has employed - each trying to get their life on the right track despite also being stigmatized by society.

Man and man's best friend continue along the hard road to redemption in the sixth season of Pit Bulls & Parolees, now premiering Saturday, October 4 on Animal Planet.

Despite her lack of desire for the spotlight, Tia has reluctantly become a high-profile figure in pit bull advocacy. Her unremitting efforts now reach a worldwide audience as she works tirelessly to change the perception of a much-maligned breed.

Caring for these dogs is a family affair, as Tia works with her two adult daughters, Tania and Mariah, adopted twin sons Kanani aka "Nani" and Keli'i aka "Moe," and a crew of New Orleans parolees. She's taken thousands of unwanted pit bulls off the streets and each year she places 75 to 100 dogs into carefully selected loving homes.

Throughout the years on Pit Bulls & Parolees, Tia and her family have faced incredible obstacles and personal tragedies, from a wildfire that destroyed her California dog sanctuary, moving Villalobos across country and starting from scratch in a new city, and the loss of their personal home from Hurricane Isaac. Through it all, Tia and her family have persevered, remaining strong while standing up for the dogs they love.

"This series challenges our preconceptions and asks us not to judge a book by its cover,” said Rick Holzman, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Animal Planet. “I think the show resonates because it is about the very personal struggle for survival and redemption - both for the humans and dogs."  

In the new 21-episode season of Pit Bulls & Parolees, viewers see Tia refuse to turn away any dog in need. Villalobos has quickly become a community stronghold in New Orleans, with people leaving dogs at her doorstep on a regular basis. Despite having a full house in the Lower Ninth Ward and numerous overflow facilities, Tia has opened the doors to include more breeds than ever, and the financial strains have her at a breaking point, leading Tia to open a local bar as a way to raise more money for the rescue.

 

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