Tia Maria Torres

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Madeline Salib
Mrs. O’Neill and Mrs. Gagliardi
Social Studies
March 29, 2012
Everyone Deserves a Second Chance

Tia Maria Torres is a strong and dedicated woman. She has devoted her life to changing the reputation of bully breeds and the American Pit Bull Terrier in particular. Several attacks on people by pit bulls led to laws being passed banning or restricting the keeping of the breeds. Sadly some humane societies routinely euthanize pit bulls that come into their possession, deeming them unsuitable for adoption. (Foster 32) Tia’s love for animals drove her to try to rescue and save these misunderstood dogs.

The American Pit Bull Terrier is a medium-sized, solidly built, short-haired dog that usually has a well-mannered temperament. They were originally bred to guard and protect their owner’s land. “The name is applied to several breeds of dogs, including the bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier (also called the American pit bull terrier) and Staffordshire bull terrier. . .” (Britannica 236) Over the past several decades the Pit Bull has been bred to be a mean, vicious dog. One of the main reasons is that dog-fighting has once again gained in popularity, even though it is illegal in the United States and many other countries. They are like this because irresponsible breeders encourage their more aggressive traits. Some owners will mistreat and provoke them to make them even more aggressive. (Foster 183) Tia’s compassion for them has driven her life. Tia was born on June 11, 1960 in Santa Clarita, California. She grew up in a broken home and was raised by her step-mother, but left home at the age of 17. (“Bios Tia Torres”) Tia has two daughters, Tania and Mariah. She also adopted a set of twin boys, Kanani and Moe. After an unexpected encounter with a pit bull named Tatanka and her daughters, Tia decided to dedicate her life to saving these misunderstood dogs. Working with the support of her family she created Villalobos, a rescue...
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