I run Villalobos Rescue Center, the largest pit bull rescue in America, but you probably know me best from the Animal Planet show Pit Bulls & Parolees.

October 24 is National Pit Bull Awareness Day, and I hope you can celebrate by tuning in for a special Pit Bulls & Parolees episode Saturday at 10/9c.

Proof: https://www.facebook.com/PitBullsandParolees/photos/a.10150297796017566.363355.180333952565/10153754745217566/?type=3&theater

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I’m in Louisiana on the phone with my friends at Animal Planet, who are typing my responses for me. Looking forward to answering your questions!

UPDATE: Hey everyone, Tia had to run on an emergency rescue and step away from the AMA. Keep asking your questions and she will respond when she returns.

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wr3ckag363 karma

Hi Tia! Thank you so much for this AMA.

My question is in regard to pit discrimination in the housing market. Many landlords in my area write specific terminology into lease agreements that prevent people from renting apartments if they have "pit bulls or pit bill mixes". What advice do you have for these renters, and do you see the recent resurgence of pit support changing perception in the near future?

TiaTorresVRC43 karma

Unfortunately land lords are a private entity. There's nothing we can do to change their minds. I went through that myself and I know what's it like to move. You've got to do what you've got to do to keep your dog.

but_break_my_heart34 karma

Hi! I rescued a two and a half month old pitbull/Akita mix, do you have any training tips? What's the best thing to say to people who might be alarmed that he is part pitbull? http://imgur.com/a/ShNiV

TiaTorresVRC53 karma

The more attention you pay to the dog, the better relationship you will have with the dog. Throwing your dog in the backyard for most of the day is not enough interaction. The more you put in, the more you get back, whether it's obedience training or just taking your dog out for a hike.