Posted: September 4, 2011

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I've Been Here Since: 2011-09-04
Gender: Male

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Dakota (the big brown male) and Riley (the brindle female) are probably one of the saddest cases we've had.  We get hundreds of calls and emails for pleas for help. This pair had been running loose in a suburb of San Antonio, TX. for about a year. No one could get near them because of their fear of people.  As if that wasn't bad enough, they had gotten into a tussle with a porcupine and their eyes, face, mouth, tongues were filled with painful quills. As the good samaritan watched the infection grow with each day, we were all finally able to network with a wildlife rescue who were able to trap them (  Villalobos drove down to Texas and picked up the shy couple. Though sweet, they are still so afraid of people but at least now realize they are safe.


15 Responses to “ DAKOTA AND RILEY ”

  1. anthony boisvert on September 23rd, 2011 11:40 pm

    i admire whats being done for these dogs and would like to wish a happy and long life to these dogs

  2. Kelly Hyde on October 18th, 2011 5:08 pm

    OMGosh, These poor guys, Dakota could be one of the pups my 2 dogs had. Martin the father passed in March, I miss him so much and seeing your dakota wow! My purse was stolen last week when I get it all back together I would love to sponser him. I wish I could attach a picture of my 2 babies so you could see what I am seeing. Wow. I will pray that these two babies can learn love again.

  3. Michele on October 29th, 2011 3:43 pm

    I am so excited that I have sponsored these two angels. I figure they might be there for quite a while so this will help.

  4. Denise on November 13th, 2011 3:31 am

    Would like to email Tia….have questions about sponsoring. Also My daughter and I Would like to sponsor. We have talked about flying out to volunteer as well.
    Thank you.

  5. Katie on November 13th, 2011 10:19 am

    I love the concept of this facility and I admire the work being done! I am a substance abuse counselor in a Texas prison and I do believe in second chances. I would love to own a pit, but my doberman and mastiff keep my hands full right now. Since these pups are from Texas, they should be the ones I sponsor.

  6. Brianne on December 7th, 2011 5:40 pm

    Awwwwwww! They are soooooooo cute!

  7. Amber Farrabee on December 12th, 2011 4:54 pm

    I appreciate what you do for pitbulls i am a big fan of the breed i actually want to work at a pitbull rescue but i live in gassaway wv and their is nothing like that here. I have a pitbull/wolf/coyote/wolfhound/chow and she is a wonderful dog but i had a house fire last year at christmas and its starting to get hard to take care of her.

  8. admin on December 14th, 2011 8:51 am

    Here is the sponsor sign up page:
    If you have a question please use our contact us page:

  9. Anita Pilarski on December 17th, 2011 5:07 pm

    I was looking over the sponorship pages and my eyes fell on Dakota & Riley. As I read their story, tears formed in my eyes as I thought about all they went through. I am so glad they are now in a good place and am proud to help sponsor their care. God bless VillaLobos Recue, Tia, & everyone else! There are no bad dogs, just bad owners!

  10. Michele Rose on January 9th, 2012 5:03 pm

    I hope Dakota and Riley are coming to New Mexico – I’d love to meet them. Maybe they wouldn’t mind if I just hung out next to their kennel and read a book? I just love these two – so lucky they got your attention – who else would be so generous? Thanks for all you do Villalobos!!!

  11. Melissa Raymer on January 14th, 2012 9:41 pm

    You said speak your mind, so I am going to. Asking forgiveness in advance!

    I watched this episode, and read the story here, and…. I am totally and utterly ******** outraged. I wish that the people responsible for these kind of actions on any animal had the same done to them. “Do unto others….” This is appauling and horrible that someone would abandon their animals and put them into a situation, so just because a human/owner didn’t do this themself, their p***poor “Pet-parenting” and “Humanity” DID cause this, gut wrenching.
    I start a new job next week and will become a sponsor for these two and one other. Tia and all your crew at VRC, you are a godsend to all pitbulls. I am against BSL, and would love to volunteer for you guys any time I am near one of your facilities!
    Melissa R. Sarasota, FL

  12. Kimberly on January 16th, 2012 8:47 pm

    I saw the Pitbulls & Parolees episode where these two were rescued (and I sobbed) and when I went to the website to check on their status I was very happy to see that they are being kept together. I didn’t realize before that we can sponsor specific dogs and these two are definitely worth it! Even though I already give a yearly donation, I was happy to see that I can also help these two specifically. God Bless you Tia and all your hard workers for everything you do!

  13. Lucy Minda on February 11th, 2012 2:02 pm

    I ran across Pitbullls and Parolees today and I want to personally thank you for the work you are doing. There are too many animals mistreated in this world and I admire and appreciate your work, Tia. I work with a lot of convicted felons on job placement and as you know it is not a walk in the park landing a job. Often one just needs that second chance to leave the past in the past and start over. You are giving people this chance and it is beautiful. Your concept is positively genius and most importantly changing many many lives. Keep on keepin on, thanks for all you and your team are doing!

  14. Sheila Vose on February 11th, 2012 8:21 pm

    I have 2 reasons to relate to Dakota and Riley. First, I started my rescue role with wildlife in North Texas, and am quite familiar with many of the wildlife rescue groups. Eventually, I evolved into dog rescue, as I became overwhelmed with dogs routinely being dumped in my rural area. I know first hand how hard and expensive it can be, and I always had a house full of “unadoptables”, those with severe health or behavior or trust issues, or who were simply needing a place to spend the rest of their golden years feeling secure. I always felt that once I took in an animal, it was my duty, my promise to them, that I would see to their safety for the rest of their lives. If I could not find a good home, I kept them with me. While I have reached an age that keeps me from doing assertive rescue, I still have a house full of foundlings.Dakota and Riley are the two I have selected to sponsor, but any support to this wonderful facility, with or without a sponsorship, is a great way to express your support for these wonderful animals and the people who will give up their lives for them.

  15. Jerry Secondine on December 5th, 2012 2:28 pm

    I adopted a Plott Hound back in March, and Riley looks just like him!! I just recently watched your show for the first time, and I absolutely fell in love with the show and everything you all are doing for the dogs and parolees!

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