Tony Converse was a parolee who was in the Pit Bulls and Parolees. If you like watching this show and you have never skipped any episodes, you may know him. But, who he is? And what news can we know about him?
Tony Converse and His Case
When we tried to search information about Tony Converse, the thing that we found is about his case. As you are able to read on I Still Love Dogs site, there is an article written by Laura Goldman which told that there was a lawsuit which was filed in June 2015 by Jennifer Stampfel after she visited Villalobos Rescue Center (VRC). VRC is the rescue on the Pit Bulls and Parolees show where Toney Converse who is a parolee featured on the reality show. According to that post, The New Orleans Advocate reported that after she visited VRC, Toney Converse drugged her, raped her twice, stole her virginity, transmitted an STD to her and impregnated her and threatened to kill her.
Who is Jennifer Stampfel? She is a seminary student from Pittsburgh, Pa. She wanted her name to go public because she want to bring awareness to the situation. In this case, she did not only sue Converse but also she sued others such as VRC, the owner of VRC, Tahyo Tavern ( a bar which is owned by Torres) and 44 Blue, the production company for Pit Bulls and Parolees all because of failing to supervise Converse.
Torres stated that the true and innocent victims here are the dogs of Villalobos Rescue Center. Furthermore she also said, "What did they ever do to her that warrants taking away the donations used to feed them, house them, treat them for deadly heartworm disease and ultimately get them to a new home? What kind of person wants to be responsible for causing irreparable damage to hundreds…no, thousands of homeless dogs?”
VRC prepared financially for the lawsuit so that they decided to close two satellite locations and consolidate the dogs on a donated property in rural Louisiana. In the past season of Pit Bulls and Parolees, they did not mention the lawsuits. However, in the show you can see that Torres and her family together with volunteers get the new property ready for the dogs.
One year later, the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office made a decision not to prosecute Converse. First Assistant District Attorney Graymond Martin in a letter to New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison wrote that their office had concluded that based on the facts presented, the witnesses interviewed and the circumstances described in the report, the matter did not merit prosecution. So, the civil suit was still pending.
The attorney of Converse made a statement that Stampfel's allegations was disgusting and defamatory. Due to it, Converse had a plan to countersue for defamation. Converse made a statement to WDSU that everything about their relationship was consensual from the day she came down to the day she left.
In a news, VRC wrote that this horrible lawsuit was not only draining them emotionally and physically, but also financially. So, with much thought, they made a decision to close down two of their main satellite locations and consolidate the dogs onto a property that they have been given out in a rural country environment of Louisiana.
VRC also wrote that even though it would take quite a bit of time to get things settled in and built, this was a project they need to start soon if they were to get through these difficult times. VRC also wrote that in so many ways having a TV show could have its advantages, but in other ways it could bring out the disadvantages in some people. The saddest part of all is that they as humans would move on and survive, but their dogs would not.
For your information, as of September 2019, the Villalobos Rescue Sanctuary Fund could raise over $137,000.
Knowing More About Pit Bulls and Parolees and Villalobos Rescue Center (VRC)
Pit Bulls and Parolees may be one of your favorite show. It is a reality tv series from America which aired on Animal Planet. In 2009, this tv series was started. This show focuses on the Villalobos Rescue Center. The show has a mission to be able to fight misconceptions about pit bulls and other the same dogs. In addition, this show has also another mission to give employment and a stable transition to recent parolees who are trying to go back to society.
If you have watched this show from the start, you know that Tia Torres started her shelter in Agua Dulce, California. And then, in 2011, she decided to move the shelter to the Greater New Orleans in Louisiana.
In the episodes of the show, you will watch the daily activities in Villalobos Rescue Center such as rescuing dogs, adopting dogs and many more stories. In the show, you will see the cast members including Tia Torres, Tania, Mariah, Kanani, Moe, Lizzie, Mariah (M2) and the parolees who work for the rescue.
Now, how about Villalobos Rescue Center (VRC)? According to the Villalobos Rescue Center website, VRC started initially as a wolf or wolf hybrid rescue. It happened in the 90's back in California where it was long before there was a tv show. Tia Torres who is the owner of Villalobos Rescue Center, was the contracted dog trainer for the City of Los Angeles Animal Services for 11 years.
In 2006, Villalobos Rescue Center started to employ parolees and then because of economic reasons and major changes in county laws, this rescue center moved to Louisiana in 2011. In Louisiana, this rescue center has a location in the city of New Orleans and also in the rural or country environment of Assumption Parish. This rescue also has a location in Northeast Texas for wolfdogs only. There is overwhelming need to help other dogs so that now this rescue become a rescue for all breed but of course the main focuses is on Pit Bulls.