Tia Maria Torres from Pit Bulls and Parolees Animal Planet TV show has started a new blog. It’s devoted to the legal mess Aren Jackson (AJ- her husband) is in against Los Angeles County & CDCr. AJ is facing his third strike…please show your support for yet another trumped up case.
Tia and Aren wrote back and forth for five years, having never spoken on the phone nor visiting him in prison. At one point, they lost touch until Tia received a phone call from him early in 2006 â€” Aren was released from prison after serving a 14-year term. Once they met in person, they were inseparable and eventually married. After seeing how Aren was harassed by local sheriffs, the couple realized how difficult it was for parolees to succeed in this society. Together, they came up with the idea of employing parolees to work at Villalobos Rescue Center. It was also during this time that Tia’s daughter Mariah brought home twin teenage boys whose mother had abandoned them; Tia eventually adopted the boys into her “functional, dysfunctional family.”
In 2006, with the help of her family, Tia built a program called “The Underdawgz,” which serves as an entity within the Villalobos Rescue Center. The Underdawgz pairs parolees and pit bulls â€” both men and dogs nobody else wants. The parolees feed the dogs, clean the kennels and learn how to train the pit bulls in preparation for adoption.
On Sept. 11, 2006, the facility was raided by the parole department. Law enforcement claimed it was a routine check up. They found some small stolen items on the property, and rather than investigate which parolee they might belong to, Tia’s husband was charged and incarcerated for the crime. With the case still pending, running the rescue has become emotionally and economically difficult for Tia and her family. Each day is a battle, but Tia finds conviction in her mission to turn society’s trash into treasure and by the dogs who work their magic on the “baddest” good guys in town.
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