For those of you who follow the Pit Bulls & Parolees TV show, you probably already know the reason why Villalobos Rescue Center moved from California to New Orleans, Louisiana. right?
Certainly, Villalobos Rescue Center, a rescue organization, has started their service in rescuing dogs, especially pit bulls. But in the midst of its discovery, there are also many other breeds of dogs that need help with very poor conditions due to human crime, neglect of owners and various kinds of causes.
Of course, Villalobos Rescue Center did not stop there, only focused on pit bulls, in the end VRC's team made a rescue for other dog breeds, outside the pit bulls. Unfortunately, VRC's good intentions are actually getting threats from several parties which made the rescue organization almost closed.
Let’s find out why Villalobos Rescue Center moved from California to New Orleans, Louisiana!
1. VRC clashes with civilians
The main reason why VRC moves from California to New Orleans, Louisiana is because VRC clashes with civilians. Even though Tia Torres, the founder of VRC, will never meet with this civilian, however, a civilian’s anger caused VRC in danger of closing.
A civilian accused Tia Torres, the founder of VRC, that she had stolen government money by comparing Tia with people like those who were involved in persecuting Diane Whipple. The civilian here is a woman who reportedly lives far from where the VRC’s building is located in California.
Tia emphasized that she never once asked her with concerns as some of the other nice folk up there have. Sure, Tia regretted that she actually complained about the condition of their damaged dirt road, when Tia offered to cover all costs so that no more local residents would take care of their way out of their pockets anymore.
In fact, this woman lives quite far from the place where Villalobos Rescue Center will operate, but for some reason, she insists on closing VRC which is known as an organization that helps people who have lost their hope of life to get back on the right path, and in this case, do it. a form of humanitarianism whereby the organization deals with stray dog populations while trying to find lost owners.
However, if she succeeds in her lawsuit, of course VRC will not be able to operate as a savior anymore. That is, they have done everything according to the procedure by applying for the proper permits first from the government, etc.
The point is, the battle was being fueled by the woman who was not any county entities. Of course, VRC’s team appreciates any and all support where a lot of lives depend on it. Certainly, VRC couldn’t longer save more dogs or continue their free spay/neuter program if she succeeds in her vicious war with them.
Unfortunately, the woman succeeds and in the end VRC is not permitted to operate in Tehachapi, California.
2. Kern County denied the VRC’s permit
The reason why VRC moved from California is mostly because of the opposition it faces at its original location. Well, the VRC team’s dream to get a new location in Tehachapi, California was no longer happening.
The main reason why VRC in California was not open as Kern County did a ‘180’ on them and denied their permits to operate at the last minute after spending countless days and dollars in the process of providing the rescue center.
The Ken County Sheriff’s Department also got involved by sending the county commissioners a three page letter which said that the VRCs were dangerous. Of course, this letter broke their years of struggling dog rescue in Los Angeles County.
Although a permit to run a "business" at Tehachapi was denied, it was not an obstacle for them to run a shelter for our elderly dogs elsewhere. So they started to rethink and started making new plans to move elsewhere so that their loyal employees can continue to volunteer. It's like a VRC mission where being able to do something good with a treasure will give it a purpose and all the hard work won't go to waste.
After 18 years of operating in Los Angeles County, they have already begun their new journey to leave California. They then were setting up in a different place which is now relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana.
3. A small plane crashed the VRC's property in Tehachapi
On September 4, 2011, a small plane crashed in front of the property in Tehachapi and burst into flames. Within minutes, the beautiful 22 acre wooded pit bull sanctuary was a burning inferno. In fact, it was the second fire to hit their Tehachapi property in a year.
The fire from last year missed them, but this one took everything. The oak trees which once stood all for hundreds of years were now nothing but tall, black toothpicks. The indoor kennel building was nothing, but crumpled metal and the contents were nothing but ashes and gray dust.
Thankfully, not all VRC dogs were there and everyone was safe. As a solution to this incident, Villalobos was forced to remain at their old location in Agua Dulce, California until something could be found.
In the past year, the rules and regulations for running a home business in Los Angeles County have changed quite drastically and have become stricter and more expensive. Then there was the angry brush fire that kept getting closer and closer with each blaze. Someone sent us a message. Between the loss of the Tehachapi property and the rising costs of survival in L. A. County, we decided to make a life-changing decision that ultimately Villalobos left California.
As a throwback, after 18 years of operating in Los Angeles County, the VRCs have already begun their journey to leave California and will set up in two locations. One will be a sanctuary for their unadoptables and their senior dogs while the other will be their rescue and adoption center. Even though the two locations will be several states away from each other, they will continue to function as one organization.