Pit Bulls & Parolees
|Pit Bulls & Parolees|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||39|
|Executive producer(s)||Lisa Lucas
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||44 Blue Productions
Rive Gauche Television
|Original channel||Animal Planet|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||October 30, 2009– present|
Pit Bulls & Parolees is an American reality television series on Animal Planet. The series debuted on October 30, 2009. The series features the Villalobos Rescue Center, originally located in Agua Dulce, California, now located in New Orleans, Lousiana is the United States' largest pit bull animal shelter, with approximately 150 to 200 dogs.
Pit Bulls & Parolees was renewed for a fifth season on February 27, 2013, that premiered on November 2, 2013. The sixth season was announced on March 4, 2014, with the premiere later in the year.
In October 2013, Animal Planet re-released selected episodes with never before seen footage and additional information known as Pit Bulls & Parolees: Unchained.
Pit Bulls & Parolees depicts the day-to-day operations at Villalobos, including rescues of abused, neglected, and abandoned dogs, and the Center's efforts to adopt out dogs to new owners. The Villalobos Rescue Center (VRC) founder, Tia Maria Torres, agreed to be on the show to help pay part of the Villalobos' then $25,000 per month bills. Since moving the entire rescue group, including all the dogs, parolees who wanted to go, and her family to New Orleans, the expenses have tripled. They are now $80,000 per month. The show's main focus is the interaction between Tia, her dogs, and the parolees who work for her, during daily care and training duties, and pit bull rescue missions. The center "works ceaselessly to give pit bulls another chance in life. Each and every dog taken in gets spayed or neutered and is given any medical treatment necessary. We work patiently to reacclimatize fearful dogs to the loving care of a human, so that they may eventually be adopted ... After determining temperaments and compatibility factors, we begin that long search for the perfect home." Tia states in the show "My mission is to rescue, my hope is that one day I won't have to." Her passion for these animals is incredible.
The show also depicts the interactions between Tia, her daughters, (Tania and Mariah) and twin sons (Kanani and Keli'i). All four help run the center, and Villalobos' staff of volunteers and employees, many of whom are the eponymous parolees.
In 2011, Torres had planned to move Villalobos to a small town called Tehachapi, California, around 75 miles north of where it had operated in Agua Dulce. It appeared to be the perfect place for VRC to relocate with the over abundance of Pit Bulls in Kern County and a prison facility right there in town with newly released inmates looking for work. VRC jumped through all the right hoops and secured all the proper permits and at the final moment and down to the wire, Kern County pulled the rug out and decided against granting permission for the rescue to conduct their business in the remote area of "Old West Ranch", Tehachapi. Losing all of her personal savings spent on the Tehachapi project and not to mention hundreds of man hours, VRC was forced to remain at the Agua Dulce location (despite it being promised to another rescue to move into) As the rules regarding kennel permits were becoming increasingly strict and expensive in Los Angeles County, the rescue announced on November 13, 2011, that they would be moving the facility out of California in order to survive financially. After much consideration of various locations, it was the memories of the rescue efforts of VRC during Hurricane Katrina that lead the non-profit group into making the decision of Louisiana becoming their new home. It took almost a year to make the entire move complete and on January 1, 2012, Tia Torres arrived with the last group of dogs, making the state of Louisiana, their one and only permanent location. The new rescue and adoption facility is located in the Upper 9th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana, with various other "satellite" locations scattered throughout the South Louisiana area 
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