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.
A mother and son travel from Boston with hopes of adopting a dog, but Tia struggles to find a good fit for the family. Lizzy rescues a maggot-covered dog that was found lying on the road and races to the vet, hoping to save her.
A new inmate from starts working at VRC, hoping to fill the big shoes that Country Matt left behind. Lizzy and Joe struggle to catch a stray in a nearby neighborhood. A family comes to Villalobos to adopt a dog, hoping to fill a void in their hearts.
A couple from New Jersey falls in love with a new best friend but the adoption gets put on the line when Dr. Kristen discovers a heart murmur; Tia heads out to the swamps to rescue a dog in need of medical attention and the diagnosis shocks her.
Villalobos' oldest resident, Summer, a pit with severe arthritis, has a chance at a forever home; Earl works to improve a dog's social skills, hoping to make him more adoptable; Kanani's girlfriend, M2, takes on her first rescue.
A call in the middle of the night sends Tia racing to deal with a family emergency; a homeless man reaches out for assistance when his dog has trouble breathing; a healthy dog tied up outside Villalobos leads to a shocking story and a difficult decision.
After Tia and Sugar rescue a stray, they are shocked by what they find and race him to the vet; new worker Darius pursues his dream of working in the veterinary field; an empty nester heads to Villalobos looking for a new companion.
Earl takes the lead in restoring an abandoned Rottweiler back to health. A service dog organization from North Carolina reaches out to Villalobos in search of a new dog for their program. M2 goes on her second rescue, taking in an owner surrender.
After Tia suffers a devestating injury, her kids have to step up to keep Villalobos running. Everyone's help is needed to catch an elusive dog in the middle of the night. And, a family of 8 needs a new companion to complete their active home.
Earl returns from rehab, hoping to rebuild his life working with the dogs. A couple comes looking for a dog who can handle the crowded streets of NYC. And, Lizzy rescues a dog after a confrontation with the owner who abandoned it.
After flooding devestates Louisiana, Tia and the team at VRC race to help the victims - including former adopters who have lost their home, and a woman separated from her dogs when flooding overwhelmed her house.
Tia goes to Detroit to assist a rescue operation that's in danger of closing. Back in New Orleans, the team is on the lookout for a stray pit bull; and a grieving adopter begins her search for another companion.
When a sinkhole threatens to swallow a nearby neighborhood, Tia teams up with cat expert Jackson Galaxy to rescue dozens of cats. And, after finding a neglected mama dog near the warehouse, Tia and her team span out to try and find her puppies.
The new season introduces a new satellite shelter for Villalobos in nearby Assumption Parish.
Stray dog from the swamp comes to Villalobos; an overwhelmed owner hands over two sickly puppies to Tia; and a Villalobos favorite may have found a home.
A parolee takes the lead in a rescue in an attempt to assume more responsibility; a woman looks for a dog that will be comfortable around her chickens; Tia saves a pit bull with scars that indicate a painful history.
Matt hurries to save puppies that are under railroad ties; a California couple search for a new best friend; bad news arrives about one of Villalobos' favorite dogs.
A family from New Hampshire visits Villalobos in hopes of finding a new companion; an alert about an aggressive dog results in a heartbreaking discovery; Earl visits a spine specialist to address his chronic pain.
In the Season 6 premiere, Tia takes in dogs rescued from a fighting ring. Meanwhile, a dog that's been overlooked gets a chance at a forever home; and a parolee counsels troubled teens.
Tia chases down the mysterious origins of a dog during a dangerous midnight raid; long term Villalobos resident's chances of a forever home are threatened by cat; parolees puts his reputation on the line by recommending a friend.
A former volunteer returns to adopt a dog she fell in love with, but her Boxer threatens to derail the adoption. And, only days after being released from prison, a parolee is on the wrong path - putting his freedom at risk.
A loose pit bull sends Tia and Louise on a frantic search through a neighborhood surrounding Villalobos. New parolee Sui assists in his first adoption. Finally, Tania receives heartbreaking news about her beloved pit bull Bluie.
A friend in search of a fresh start arrives at Villalobos and finds himself in the middle of a contentious rescue involving a dog and her puppies. And, a former adopter wants to add another dog to their family.