Animal Planet's Pit Bulls and Parolees
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. The newest chapter unfolds in an all-new season of "PIT BULLS AND PAROLEES" premiering Saturday, October 6, at 10 PM (ET/PT).
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.