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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.

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!

The 10 Best Episodes of Pit Bulls and Parolees

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#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 8.90 from 20 votes.

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#2 - Earl's Path (Season 12 - Episode 4)

Nearly a year has passed since beloved parolee Earl's run-in with the law. Earl and Toney join forces to rescue a canine from an abandoned home, while Mariah is forced to make a difficult decision for her fur-baby Tater.

The episode was rated 8.81 from 21 votes.

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#3 - Life in a Cage (Season 12 - Episode 6)

VRC is at its limit when the amount of rescues and drop-offs rise. Lizzy and Toney travel to a remote part of the city to save a trio of orphaned dogs in a dire state, veteran tenant Lil Rocky faces a cancer scare, and a litter of puppies are welcomed.

The episode was rated 8.76 from 17 votes.

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#4 - Twist of Fate (Season 11 - Episode 1)

Tia and M2 take to the water to prepare a pit bull for her forever home. A new parolee comes to Villalobos from Boston, hoping stay on track so that he can make his teenage son proud. A stray dog is near death when Lizzy and Heidi find him.

The episode was rated 8.75 from 12 votes.

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#5 - Last of the Mobsters (Season 10 - Episode 8)

Tia and her kids race to rescue a stray dog near a busy highway; an adoption requires some temperament testing when a trucker wants to adopt a dog to join him on the road; a return adopter seeks out a senior dog.

The episode was rated 8.65 from 26 votes.

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#6 - Invisible Enemy (Season 12 - Episode 1)

Tragedy strikes after Tia and M2 agree to take two emaciated hounds from a rural shelter. Mariah and Lizzy give two special dogs a happily ever after while working through the chaos of the global pandemic, and M2 reveals an exciting new life chapter.

The episode was rated 8.64 from 14 votes.

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#7 - Diamond in the Rough (Season 17 - Episode 5)

Tia and Mariah shut down their restaurant and boutique; a senior canine finds a forever home.

The episode was rated 8.64 from 11 votes.

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#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 8.63 from 19 votes.

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#9 - Sound of Silence (Season 12 - Episode 7)

At a Mississippi shelter, Tia gives a hybrid wolf-dog a second chance. At the vet, Lizzy is forced to make a tough call for a new VRC resident and later helps a pair of hearing impaired canines. Then, a California man visits to find a fur-friend.

The episode was rated 8.60 from 20 votes.

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#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 8.60 from 15 votes.

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#11 - 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.
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#12 - Happy Howl-O-Ween
Season 14 - Episode 4

Villalobos celebrates Halloween by throwing a costume party for dogs to help raise money for the rescue. An old friend from the TV crew comes to adopt a family member. And, Lizzy struggles to rescue a stray dog in the middle of the night.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
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#13 - Unexpected Call
Season 16 - Episode 1

When two pups are dropped off at the dog boutique, the crew works to get them back to good health.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
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#14 - Befriending a Beast
Season 12 - Episode 5

After rescuing 30 hybrid wolf-dogs, Tia, Tania, and the twins return to Texas. In the French Quarter, the pandemic has forced Tia to shut down her restaurant, and Toney and Earl band together to deliver meals to the elderly using Tahyo Tavern's resources.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
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#15 - From the Shadows
Season 5 - Episode 15

Tia and parolee William go the extra mile to ensure a shy, special needs dog is adopted by a couple from Florida. Then, Mariah enlists a parolee's help to rescue a dangerously skinny dog. And, Tania and Perry struggle to plan their unconventional wedding.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.
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#16 - Evading Capture
Season 12 - Episode 8

On the streets of New Orleans, the VRC crew is on a mission to catch a runaway dog. A Californian family wants a new furry family member, a paralysed pup named Polly takes a trip to the vet, and Mariah pitches a fundraising idea to the parolees.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.
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#17 - Rock City Rescue
Season 8 - Episode 5

Tia heads to Detroit to help a rescue facility at risk of being shut down. It's all hands on deck as Villalobos looks for a stray pit bull in a nearby neighborhood. A grieving adopter comes to VRC, hoping to find a dog to fill the void in her heart.

The episode was rated from 72 votes.
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#18 - My Underdog Life
Season 12 - Episode 11

Lizzy and Marcel team up to catch a stray pit bull; a family-to-be visits Villalobos to adopt a dog that will complete the unit; Tia reveals the publication of her first book.

The episode was rated from 18 votes.
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#19 - Pushing Forward
Season 8 - Episode 8

Tia attempts to rescue a stray, but her leg injury holds her back. New parolee Mike struggles to balance working and being a parent. And, a family comes to Villalobos hoping to adopt a dog for their daughter, but finding a good match proves a challenge.

The episode was rated from 57 votes.
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#20 - Diamond in the Rough
Season 12 - Episode 3

In the midst of the global pandemic, Tia and Mariah must shut down their beloved restaurant and boutique, but they look to a new beginning; a Villalobos senior canine veteran finally finds a forever home.

The episode was rated from 23 votes.

Last updated: sep 02, 2022



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 & Parolees.


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