Award-winning series Pit Bulls & Parolees, produced by 44 Blue Productions and Rive Gauche Television for Animal Planet, has been recommissioned for a new season.
The show, which is celebrating its tenth year on air, will return to Animal Planet on Saturday October 5, at 9pm ET/PT.
Pit Bulls & Parolees returns with all new premieres featuring the same grit and spirit audiences know and love. Fans and viewers have watched, donated and even adopted from the New Orleans-based, Villalobos Rescue Center, the largest Pit Bull rescue in the United States. Each episode follows the fiery drama through all the highs and lows of animal rescue, as Tia Torres and her family provide a second chance for Pit Bulls and a fresh start for parolees. And while Villalobos specializes in pit bulls, their dedication to dogs now extends to all breeds in need. At Villalobos, no dog is left behind.
“We are honored to be a part of a series that has such a loyal following, and that has been so impactful on the lives of these animals,” said Rasha Drachkovitch, Co-Founder and CEO of 44 Blue Productions. “Pit Bulls and Parolees is one of the longest running family-follow docuseries’ ever, and the impact that Tia’s work has made, motivates us to keep sharing these incredible rescue stories.”
This season, former adopters return to Villalobos in hopes of finding another dog to add to their family, Lizzy, Tania, and Mariah create a “retirement center” at one of the warehouses to give the senior dogs a special place to call home, and for the first time, the rescue team celebrates their favorite holiday, Halloween, with a special event to benefit the hundreds of dogs in their care. The rescues this season continue to make a lasting impact on the team, from an abandoned dog with a severe skin condition to strays that lead the Villalobos employees on a wild goose chase. And this season, the Villalobos team sees families from Idaho to Florida to Wisconsin, who’ve opened their hearts and homes for a new family member.
Later in the season, a special two-hour cross-over episode features Tia partnering with Amanda Giese from the Animal Planet series Amanda to the Rescue. Amanda travels from Washington State to New Orleans to collaborate with Tia to help Bean, a shy dog who suffered a traumatic leg injury after being shot. In the second hour, viewers meet Mai Tai and Sweet Roll, a deaf mother-daughter pup duo, and Super Scootie, a pint-sized ten year-old Pomeranian born with flipper feet who needs massive dental care after living alone in a home for an entire year.
Pit Bulls & Parolees is produced for Animal Planet by 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, and Rive Gauche Television. Rasha Drachkovitch Billy Cooper and Jen Bies are the executive producers for 44 Blue Productions. For Animal Planet, Lisa Lucas is executive producer and Patrick Keegan serves as supervising producer.