Los Angeles Animal Services Announces Pit Bull Training Academy


Los Angeles Animal Services is launching a first of its kind program to help improve the lives of pit bulls in the Los Angeles area.

The Pit Bull Training Academy is designed to assist Animal Services’ quest to make Los Angeles the largest no-kill city in the United States by helping the city’s most at risk and misunderstood pet population, the pit bull.

“Pit bulls and pit bull mixes represent 25% of all dogs rescued each year by LA Animal Services, 19% of all dogs adopted, and 41% of all dogs euthanized,” said Ed Boks, general manager of LA Animal Services. “We are often asked if pit bulls are a dog problem or a people problem. The answer is both!”

To address this problem, LA Animal Services is partnering with Villalobos Rescue Center, the largest pit bull training program in the United States, to establish the nation’s first public/private Pit Bull Training Academy.

“What makes this new program so powerful”, said Tia Torres, president of the Villalobos Rescue Center, “is that our teachers and rehabilitators are ‘two legged Pit Bulls’ who understand what it means to overcome being an underdog,” referring to the parolees from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation who are specially trained by the Villalobos Rescue Center to rehabilitate pit bulls.

The Pit Bull Training Academy allows parolees and pit bulls to work “hand in paw” to show the rest of the world that anyone can change for the better when given a second chance.

At The Pit Bull Training Academy, many of the city’s lost and homeless pit bulls will be housed, trained, and rehabilitated by their “two legged counterparts” who are intent on raising awareness and enhancing the adoption opportunities of this largely misunderstood breed by educating the public on what it takes to be a responsible pit bull guardian.

Source: Press release

(Thanks Lynn)

17 Responses to “Los Angeles Animal Services Announces Pit Bull Training Academy”

  1. catmom5d says:

    What a wonderful idea! It’s nice to read something good happening for pits for a change. If I was going to get a dog I’d seriously consider a pit or pit mix. Unfortunately, I’m afraid a dog would put my five cats right over the edge!

  2. Lynne says:

    So take that, Michael Vick, you a**hole.

  3. Sky Eyes Woman says:


    I am so glad to hear about this program. I hope they save many, many of these wonderful dogs! :-D


  4. Pit Bull Lover says:

    What Sky Eyes Woman said.

    APBTs, AmStaffs, and Staffies can be *such* good (loving, gentle, funny) dogs, and I hope this program helps more people understand this. They’re definitely not for everyone…but in my case, the love and companionship of a good “pit bull” CHANGED MY LIFE.

    “Pit Bull for President!”

  5. Robert Davis says:

    This is wonderful news - finally something good for pit bulls. My sister has a pit rescue and her friend has a couple of Katrina pit rescues. I got to meet them and let me tell you - they were big old bears that just loved to be held and loved.

    Regardless of how any HUMAN or ANIMAL is raised, ANYONE can GO OFF. It’s just ANIMALS get put down and not HUMANS.

    Best Regards,

    Robert Davis

  6. Pit Bull Lover says:

    msnbc is breaking news right now-vick has been order by nfl not to show up at trainging camp!!!!!!!!

  7. Beth says:

    I’m a terrier person, but love all dogs. I am happy to hear that these pit-babies are being given that second chance.

  8. straybaby says:

    while i think this is fantastic, i do question her judgment on using her pits in Rap videos based on a pic in the 25 to life gallery:

    caption: Jaron’s first “gig” on a film set. As you can see Zeus is an old pro at this.


    you need to scroll down to hit the pic with the caption.

  9. Shaun in Tucson says:

    What wonderful news. I have three loving pit bull rescues, who get along beautifully with my other rescued dogs, and with humans, too.

    They are great dogs.

  10. Jennifer says:

    This is a WONDERFUL idea! I hope progress will be reported and other cities will take notice of this program. It is so great to see someone in this sector standing up for this largely misunderstood breed. They are truly wonderful dogs - I have 3 pitties and an amer bulldog and they are just the best ‘kids’ ever!

  11. Tara V says:

    This idea is amazing! We have many clients whom own pitbulls that are truly great dogs. I am glad to see people are trying to stand up and help those dogs who need help!

  12. madhawk says:

    i just love those dogs, who says they´re monsters ? just look at that picture , that´s pure trust

  13. madhawk says:

    who says those dogs are monsters? i´m so happy to see that these dogs get a second chance in life, they´re worth it

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  15. Penyet says:

    Nice move!

  16. pitbull breeder says:

    I love dogs but prefer pits an it is great for those pits to get a second chance also pitbulls are real sweet dogs.

  17. Jessica says:

    i love pitbulls there so sweet it all depends on how you train them. Mine is proably the sweetest dog you will ever meet

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