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December 20, 2019

Contact - Katherine Wilkins

Animal Planet’s award-winning series PIT BULLS & PAROLEES returns with all new episodes featuring Tia Torres and her family as they continue dedicating their lives to the New Orleans-based Villalobos Rescue Center, the largest pit bull rescue center in the country. While each day in the life of dog rescue presents new challenges, Tia pushes through each obstacle with resilience and selflessness, the same way she has for more than two decades. Tia and her family fight to break down barriers and shatter stereotypes by providing a new start at life for pit bulls as well as job opportunities for individuals recently released from prison. Witness these remarkable stories on Animal Planet beginning Saturday, January 4th at 8 PM ET/PT.
In the two-hour season premiere, Tia and the Villalobos team race to move every dog out of the path of Hurricane Barry. Audiences meet a potential adopter searching for a new companion to keep by her side while she undergoes cancer treatment. Tia’s daughter, Mariah, takes on a life-or-death rescue when a Labradoodle escapes to the streets of New Orleans after being attacked in his back yard. Viewers also meet Frank, the first out-of-state parolee hire, who vows to change his ways and make his teenage son proud.

This season’s rescues encompass extreme highs and lows, including tales of redemption and camaraderie. Tia flies into action when she receives a call regarding a crucial rescue for five injured dogs that are victims of an illegal dog fight. Villalobos receives an incredible opportunity when a Pennsylvania prison offers to take more than 20 dogs and provide inmates with the responsibility of preparing the dogs for adoption. Later this season, Animal Planet audiences will witness the long-lasting impact of PIT BULLS & PAROLEES with a ‘Where Are They Now’ special showcasing updates on some of the most memorable parolees who have stepped through the doors of the rescue center, and fan-favorite dogs that found their forever homes.

For more PIT BULLS & PAROLEES action, fans can also head to Animal Planet GO, YouTube, and Facebook to experience an all new mid-form series, Pit Bulls & Parolees: Legendary Dogs, where viewers can stroll down memory lane and look back on all the unforgettable canines that have come through Villalobos in the show’s decade-long history.

All past seasons of the show can be viewed in their entirety by audiences in the U.S. on the Animal Planet GO app.

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 Robyn Salzman serves as associate producer.

About 44 Blue Productions
44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, is an award-winning producer of non-fiction and unscripted content. Founded by Rasha and Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch, 44 Blue’s impressive slate of ground-breaking series includes Fox’s “First Responders Live,” Netflix’s “Jailbirds,” A&E’s twice- Emmy® nominated series “Wahlburgers,” and “Nightwatch,” MSNBC’S critically acclaimed “Lockup” and its trio of spinoff series “Lockup: Raw,” “Lockup: World Tour” and “Life After Lockup;” Animal Planet’s top-rated “Pit Bulls & Parolees,” E!’s “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry,” and OWN’s Gracie Award winning “Married to the Army: Alaska.” 44 Blue’s current slate features an array of projects with high-profile talent and partners including Dick Wolf, Whoopi Goldberg, Viola Davis, Chloe Grace Moretz, Rainn Wilson, Jessica Biel, Adam Scott, Khloé Kardashian and others.

About Animal Planet
Animal Planet, one of Discovery, Inc.’s great global brands, is dedicated to creating high quality content with global appeal delivering on its mission to keep the childhood joy and wonder of animals alive by bringing people up close in every way. Available to 360 million homes in more than 205 countries and territories, Animal Planet combines content that explores the undeniable bonds forged between animals and humans, optimized across all screens around the world. In the U.S., Animal Planet audiences can enjoy their favorite programming anytime, anywhere through the Animal Planet Go app which features live and on-demand access. For more information, please visit

About Discovery
Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps and Discovery Kids Play; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and Motor Trend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media and a strategic alliance with the PGA Tour to create the Global Home of Golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Motor Trend, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.