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Pit Bulls and Parolees

Pit Bulls and Parolees

Animal Planet 2009

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. That's about to change. Animal Planet introduces you to this dog's greatest ally, and she's not a man - she's a fiery red-headed leading lady, and she's determined to end the needless hostility toward pit bulls. Meet Tia Maria Torres - 49-year-old mother, top pit bull trainer and founder and owner of Villalobos Rescue Center - the country's largest rescue facility for pit bulls.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Pit Bulls and Parolees

Pit Bulls and Parolees - S14E1

#1 - Raised in Rescue


Season 14 - Episode 1

Return adopters visit Villalobos to find a dog that will feel at home on their boat. Tania and Mariah head out to rescue a stray that is hiding beneath a shipping container. And, parolee Jammall starts to slip up, risking his future at the rescue.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.

Pit Bulls and Parolees - S12E4

#2 - Under Earl's Wing


Season 12 - Episode 4

Villalobos participates in Dog Bowl, creating a chance for a handful of dogs to steal the spotlight. M2 helps a neglected dog left in horrible conditions. And a couple takes the first step towards becoming parents - adopting a Villalobos dog.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.

Pit Bulls and Parolees - S12E1

#3 - Village of Wolves


Season 12 - Episode 1

Villalobos is tested like never before when Tia and her crew are called upon to rescue a pack of wolf-dog hybrids abandoned by a backyard breeder. With law enforcement threatening to kill the dogs, the pressure is higher than ever.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.

Pit Bulls and Parolees - S11E1

#4 - A New Year for Villalobos


Season 11 - Episode 1

When a homeless man asks Villalobos to take his puppies, Mariah and Marcel decide to help people living on the streets with their dogs. Tia and Mariah surprise the family with a gift celebrating their bond. And a gift changes the lives of the dogs.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.

Pit Bulls and Parolees - S12E6

#5 - A Puppy's Journey Home


Season 12 - Episode 6

Villalobos is stretched thin when rescue calls come in one after another; Lizzy tries to rescue a stray pit bull that the NOPD called aggressive in the city; and M2 tries to track down an aggressive dog on the run in the country.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.

Pit Bulls and Parolees - S10E8
#6 - Rising Tide
Season 10 - Episode 8

Concerned about flooding in Assumption Parish, Tia seeks a solution for how she and the dogs would be able to evacuate quickly. After he rescues an injured dog off the streets, Joe feels a special bond and takes him under his wing.

The episode was rated from 25 votes.
Pit Bulls and Parolees - S18E3
#7 - Mother of Chaos
Season 18 - Episode 3

Now a mother of two, Lizzy leans on Tia to help find a work-life balance; a California couple hopes to adopt a dog that will be comfortable in the pool; Mariah's mission to save an injured dog leads her to something completely unexpected.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
Pit Bulls and Parolees - S14E3
#8 - Home Is Where the Dog Is
Season 14 - Episode 3

One of Earl's favorite dogs finally has a chance at a forever home. Tia heads to a small shelter in rural Louisiana to help with a hound that they took in. And, Tania, Mariah, and Lizzy take on a project that showcases dogs in their forever homes.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
Pit Bulls and Parolees - S12E7
#9 - Finding A Hero
Season 12 - Episode 7

A disabled veteran and his wife visit Villalobos to find a pair of dogs to help with his depression; Marcel and Mariah race to help a puppy in need; a rescued dog has trouble settling in, so Tia reaches out to other shelters for help.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.
Pit Bulls and Parolees - S14E5
#10 - Treasure Not Trash
Season 14 - Episode 5

Tania is shocked by what she finds once she gets a stray dog back to the rescue. An empty nester brings her family to Villalobos to help her find a companion. And, the family are determined to solve their messy pigeon problem.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.

Last updated: nov 28, 2021



Must watch tv! I have to admit, prior to watching this show I was one of the ignoramuses who thought all Pitbulls were bad and all convicts should just stay in prison (or that they didn't deserve any rights while they were incarcerated)... man was I wrong. When I first watched this show I remember stereotyping the people/animals right away, Tia appeared to be one of those "biker chicks" who probably shouldn't have custody of her kids, who no doubt had some drugs on the property and/or illegal activity going on but as I watched, admittedly mostly to see her fail and my preconceived notions of her (Tia), her children, the parolees and the Pitbulls come true, I was left eating crow. The show would peek my interest in not only educating myself more about Pitbulls but about parolees and the American justice system (wow, how screwed up that is!), it would shine a light on the medias fascination, and misrepresentation, of not only Pitbulls but ex-cons as well. Like so many things the media saw ratings in it's stories about these big bad dogs and ran with it, almost single-handedly turning peoples perceptions of the breed against them despite any evidence they are any worse than any other breed of dog. I already knew the media liked to do things like glorify shark attacks for ratings and ignore things like the fact more people die each year from cows then sharks but they never reported on that and here I was faced with the awful truth that I had been misguided... again! As the years, and seasons, have gone on I have done a complete 180, I don't see the Pitbulls as the problem but simply those who own them, as a matter of fact I now consider Pitbulls to be among the most loyal and family friendly among breeds, I have educated myself about the problems with the American prison systems and mistreatment of convicts resulting in higher rates on re-offending and have seen what other countries are doing about it that has drastically reduced the recidivism of ex-cons not only reducing the stress on families but adding to the contributions made by these people in their communities. Tia and her daughters, although inked and tough looking on first appearances, are simply strong willed women with hearts if gold. Not an episode goes by that doesn't tear at the heart strings, makes me wonder how people can be so cruel, or how so many dogs can remain unadopted? Where would this world be without people like Tia? or shows like Pitbulls &amp; Parolees.

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