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Animal Planet cancels 3 days before shoot about dog rescue program at local womens prison – due to fear of lack of viewers

The Animal Planet’s show “Pit Bulls and Parolees” was scheduled to shoot an episode on July 28th at the women’s prison in Grants NM about the rescue program, “Heeling Hearts.”  I just received word today that the Animal Planet canceled because they feel that filming such programs in a women’s prison will not draw as many viewers as the same type of program in a men’s prison.

The rescue program is called “Heeling Hearts” and is a combination of effort between PB&J, a 501(c)3 organization which helps troubled women in New Mexico along with the Grants County Shelter.  Heeling Hearts rescues dogs from the local shelter and places them in the loving care and guidance of the women in the Grants prison.  The women then care and nurture the dogs – which just as themselves come from an abusive background – show them how to love and trust once again.  Upon completion of a six to nine week training program, the dog is then tested – and almost always passes – their AKC CGC test.  The CGC (Canine Good Citizenship) test has 10 standard commands that dog must pass, as well as being socially acceptable.

My two dogs are rescues from this very same program.  They are a mother-son duo, with the son being a “lethal white.”  They are Australian Shepherds, and he is a product of being born from a merle-to-merle breeding.  He is completely deaf and blind in one eye.  I have trained him with touch commands and hand signals.  I also run the mama dog in agility.

To read more about my two dogs, their history and stay at the prison, please click here which will take you to my “Doggie Bloggie” where I tell their story.  Additionally, here is my posting on Heeling Hearts.

I am posting this to tell Animal Planet SHAME ON YOU for considering your number of viewers before the feelings of the women in this prison, and being able to promote adoption of the dogs within this program.  A large percentage of the women in this program come from abuse and addiction.  They have been raised and believed that they were nothing.  This rescue program has taught them how to love once again.  To gain self-confidence in a world where they have been told their entire lives that they were nothing – would never amount to anything.  These women were looking so forward to being filmed and sharing what they are now contributing back to society under the shadow of their crimes.

And all you care about are the number of viewers.  Apparently the mens prison has more violent criminals, thus drawing more attention to your show.  So that’s what you care about?  Filming a larger quantity of violent criminals rather than bringing some amount of joy and hope for the women who give everything they have to help pay back their debt to society?  To learn to love so when they are released they may have a more loving and supportive relationship with their own children?

Shame on you, Animal Planet and “Pit Bulls and Parolees.”

Here are a few pictures of my two dogs – rescued through this very same program that Animal Planet snubbed.  They are the best things that have ever happened to me.

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  1. I AM A FAMILY MEMBER OF AN INMATE AT THE FACILITY YOU WERE ALL GOING TO FILM AT AND THATS TOO BAD CAUSE U WERE GOING TO CAUSE FEAR, THATS SO RIDICULOUS. IF ANYTHING WE HAD ALOT OF FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS INTERESTED, AND READY TO WATCH IT…

  2. So you hate Pitbulls? Shame on YOU. those dogs have enough to deal with. Hated and abused. Banned and killed.

    • You obviously did not read the article. It says nothing about pit bulls other than the name of the Animal Planet show the article is about. And if you take the time to read other articles on my site, it is very clear that I love American Stafford Terriers and have never met a mean one myself. They, as any dog, are a product of how they are raised. Raise a dog to be mean, they’ll be mean.

  3. That is sooo unfair to you and your dogs. What a awful shame that animal Planet and Pit bulls and parolees are ONLY INTERESTED IN HOW MANY VIEWERS WILL WATCH. why don’t they give you a chance, just like they gave pit bulls and parolees a chance. They are also so wrong to not film you just because its a womens prison!!! Basically you are doing the same thing, the only difference is that the dogs are helping women IN PRISON instead of outside. It doesn’t matter where you are at because the beautiful dogs will help a person heal no matter where you are at. Yes SHAME ON ANIMAL PLANET AND PIT BULLS AND PAROLEES FOR BEING SO GREEDY, AND NOT LETTING OTHER PEOPLE AND DOGS HAVE A CHANCE!!! THEY GAVE tia torress a chance, why not give another person and her animals a chance also, whether it be in a prison, or in a shelter. COME ON TIA TORRES QUIT BEING SO GREEDY AND SELFISH, AND GIVE ANOTHER PERSON A CHANCE JUST LIKE PEOPLE GAVE YOU A CHANCE!!! DID YOU FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM??

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