Tia Maria Torres, the star of Animal Planet's reality show "Pit Bulls and Parolees," was born in southern California. As of November 2015, Torres runs the Villalobos Rescue Center, a non-profit she founded that is the largest pit bull shelter in the country. It is located in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Before relocating to Louisiana, the Villalobos Rescue Center was located in Agua Dulce, California, which is close to Torres' birthplace. "Pit Bulls and Parolees" documents the daily operations of Torres' animal shelter, such as its rescue of abused and abandoned dogs, its efforts to find the rescues new homes, and the work the parolees do around the shelter. Torres' talent fee from the show helps pay for the shelter's monthly expenses.