Pit Bulls and Parolees

2009, TV Show

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Animal Planet Orders First Scripted Special Starring Martin Sheen

Animal Planet is venturing into scripted programming with its first ever film starring Martin Sheen, the network announced at Thursday's Discovery Communications upfront.

Based on the true events that inspired Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, Revenge of the Whale features Old Thomas Nickerson (Sheen) as he tells his story about being a cabin boy on the ill-fated voyage of the whaling ship The Essex. The two-hour special, a co-production with the BBC, also stars Jonas Armstrong and Adam Rayner.

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Season 5, Episode 17
Tia heads to a dangerous part of New Orleans to rescue a mama dog left to die. And, a tropical storm threatens to disrupt Tania and Perry's wedding.

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Season 5, Episode 16
A look back at the most memorable moments of season 5. Including never before seen moments, a look behind the scenes of Pit Bulls and Parolees, and a chance to catch up with past favorites.

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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.

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Season 5, Episode 14
Tia gets a call about a dog loose at a construction site, and is shocked by what she discovers. A family with an unusual lifestyle comes looking to adopt a new puppy. And, when a favourite dog's cancer returns, Tia gets an emotional punch to the gut.

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Animal Planet Orders First Scripted Special Starring Martin Sheen

Animal Planet is venturing into scripted programming with its first ever film starring Martin Sheen, the network announced at Thursday's Discovery Communications upfront.

Based on the true events that inspired Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, Revenge of the Whale features Old Thomas Nickerson (Sheen) as he tells his story about being a cabin boy on the ill-fated voyage of the whaling ship The Essex. The two-hour special, a co-production with the BBC, also stars Jonas Armstrong and Adam Rayner.

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Exclusive: Animal Planet Unleashes Pit Bulls & Parolees for a Sixth Season

Great news, Pit Bulls & Parolees fans: The Villalobos crew is coming back for a sixth season, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

The Animal Planet series stars Tia Torres, who rescues, rehabilitates and finds homes for abused and abandoned pit bulls and other various breeds that wind up at her facility. After decades in California, Tia, her daughters Mariah and Tania, twin sons Moe and Kanani, and the group of parolees that work for her packed up and moved to their current home in the upper ninth ward of New Orleans.

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Animal Planet's Pit Bulls and Parolees Returns With More Dire Rescue Cases Than Ever

Two years after settling down in New Orleans, Tia Torres and her Pit Bulls and Parolees crew are busier, but happier, than ever before.

"New Orleans couldn't be better," Torres tells TVGuide.com. "I wish we had discovered this place 10 years ago."

The hit Animal Planet series follows Torres as she runs the Villalobos Rescue Center, a rescue, rehabilitation and placement facility for abused and abandoned pit bulls. Helping her cause are her daughters Mariah and Tania, twin sons Moe and Kanani, and the group of parolees she hired. After almost two decades of running her facility in Los Angeles County, Torres relocated to the Big Easy, where she's found overwhelming support from the community, but an even more overwhelming amount of dogs that need to be saved.

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Exclusive: Animal Planet Renews Pit Bulls and Parolees for Fifth Season

Animal Planet has renewed Pit Bulls and Parolees for a fifth season, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Tia Torres gives people and pups second chances on Animal Planet's Pit Bulls and Parolees

The reality series follows Tia Maria Torres, who, with the help of her daughters Mariah and Tania and twin sons "Moe" and Kanani, runs the Villalobos Rescue Center for "bully breed" dogs. She also started the Underdawgz program, which hires parolees to aid with her rescue efforts. 

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Tia Torres Gives People and Pups Second Chances on Animal Planet's Pit Bulls and Parolees

For many people, both pit bulls and parolees are to be feared. For Tia Maria Torres, they're what keep her going.

On the Animal Planet series Pit Bulls and Parolees, Torres runs the Villalobos Rescue Center for "bully breed" dogs. With more than 200 pups on her hands at most times, she and her daughters Maria and Tania and twin sons Mo and Kanani work tirelessly on getting them adopted into good homes. But Tia also admits her mission would never be so successful without the help of the parolees she hires to work for her — a program that was born out of an idea from her husband AJ.

Although Torres has been rescuing dogs for years, the case on Saturday's episode (10/9c) is the worst she's ever seen. "That dog should've been dead," she tells TVGuide.com.

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Premiered: October 30, 2009
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A series following the goings-on at the Villalobos Rescue Center for dogs, founded by pit-bull trainer Tia Maria Torres, whose aim is to combine pit-bull rescue with a work program for parolees.

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