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PHOTOS: Pit Bull Awareness Event in Wantagh

Bully Brigade 2011 sponsored by Last Hope Animal Rescue and the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter features Animal Planet star Tia Torres.

A pit bull awareness day was held in Wantagh this past Sunday sponsored by and the .

The event called Bully Breed Brigade 2011 was aimed at promoting pitbull awareness, adoption and welfare. Tia Torres, who heads the Villalobos Rescue Center in Los Angeles and stars on the Animal Planet series  “Pitbulls and Parolees", appeared at the Bully Brigade held across from on Beltagh Avenue in between the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter and Last Hope Animal Rescue. Hempstead Animal Shelter Director Cindy Iacopella reached out to Torres and the Villalobos Rescue Center agreed to appear for the Bully Brigade to rescue pitbulls who were recent victims of a dogfighting ring that their previous owners were arrested with running in Elmont.

The rescue of the pitbulls in Wantagh Sunday was taped for an upcoming episode of “Pitbulls and Parolees." The Villalobos Rescue Center has named the group of six pitbulls who were rescued, “The Hempstead Hopefuls" and Torres is taking them to her new sanctuary in New Orleans.

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