- 1 Tia Torres Wiki Biography
- 2 What’s happened to Tia Torres’ husband?
- 3 Tia Torres’ husband in and out of jail
- 4 Tia Torres’ early life and education
- 5 Tia’s career
- 6 Pit Bulls & Parolees
- 7 Tia’s likes and other interests
- 8 Personal life and children
- 9 Rumors and controversies
- 10 Appearance and net worth
- 11 Social media presence
Tia Torres Wiki Biography
Tia Torres was born in Southern California USA, on 11 June 1960, so under the zodiac sign of Gemini and holding American nationality – she rose to fame after her appearance in the “Pit Bulls & Parolees” reality TV series.
What’s happened to Tia Torres’ husband?
Tia Torres’ husband is Aren Marcus Jackson. The two met for the first time in 1980s, when Tia was searching for the owner of a dog she had found on the, street and her search led her to Aren as he was the alleged owner. At the time, Aren was lying in one of the California jails after having committed a serious crime. After meeting him and talking to him about his dog, the two kept sending letters to one another, and developed a very friendly connection. They began dating when Aren was released.
Tia Torres’ husband in and out of jail
Aren has a very serious problem with authorities and he doesn’t have a good reputation – he was arrested a couple of times for stealing from other people’s properties, but that didn’t seem to bother Tia, as she fell in love with him and they eventually exchanged their wedding vows in 2006 – just one year after that, Aren was arrested once again, for stealing a car and an entire property somehow. Aren is also rumored to be addicted to drugs, consequently, he has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, and is supposed to get out in 2022. So, that’s where Tia’s husband is! Nevertheless, reports say that they have two daughters, and also two adopted sons of Hawaiian ancestry.
Tia Torres’ early life and education
Tia had a rather rough childhood. There is nothing known about her biological parents as she didn’t get to spend a lot of time with them – she was raised by her step-mother after she was adopted, and who lived on a farm which is where Tia fell in love with animals – they had horses on the farm, and Tia once stated how they would clean the horse stalls on Christmas rather than to do the usual gift giving and opening. Tia even had a chance to spend some of her childhood in Sri Lanka, surrounded by wolves in a jungle.
There is very little known about her education, but she is said to have been home-schooled, and hasn’t attended university.
At the age of 17, Tia left home as she thought she was ready to live on her own. Because she still wanted someone’s company, she soon after bought an Arabian horse, an Angora goat, and a Cougar. She soon found herself in bad company as she became part of the suit-wearing gang, and on one occasion recalled having escaped gun shots and barely evaded trouble with the authorities. One part of her knew that what she was doing wasn’t right, so she got her life in order, and became a truck driver in the US Army.
Soon after she left the army, she visited an animal shelter with her daughters, and adopted a pit bull named Tatanka, who wouldn’t stop playing with her and her daughters. Thanks to Tatanka, Tia subsequently came up with the idea of opening the Villalobos Rescue Center, which has grown to be the biggest pit bull rescue facility in the entire US. She became completely focused on helping the dogs and learning more about pit bulls, and has taken classes, peformed medical services, and later organized seminars to teach people how to train their dogs. The rescue center also helps ex-convicts rehabilitate, originally Tia’s husband Aren’s idea – they hired parolees to help with the animals.
Pit Bulls & Parolees
In 2009, Tia started appearing in the “Pit Bulls & Parolees” reality TV series, which airs on Animal Planet channel, and now counts 12 seasons. It is focused on fighting the wrong ideas which people have towards pit bull dogs, as they usually think that the breed is dangerous, and that it is mostly used for fighting other dogs, and attacking people.
The show follows Tia Torres’ Villalobos Rescue Center, which was located in Agua Dulce in California, before it was moved to the Greater New Orleans area in Louisiana. Thanks to the show, the number of dogs in the rescue center became much larger, and counted 400 dogs on 24 September 2014 when Tia was appearing as a guest on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”.
Tia’s likes and other interests
Because Tia has learned a lot about wolves during the time she had spent in Sri Lanka, she was invited to help with the making of the “Mowgli’s Story” movie which is based on “The Jungle Book” – she served as a wolf trainer as it was necessary for the movie. She also served as a black cat trainer for the shooting of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” movie.
Personal life and children
Tia has remained completely faithful to Aren to this day – the two have daughters Maria and Tania Torres, while their two adopted Hawaiian twin brothers are Kanani and Keli’l.
All of Tia’s children share the same love towards animals as she does – Tania, the older daughter, is a professional animal trainer and she also does movie productions. Maria is more focused on fighting for the rights of animals, and is firmly against dog fighting.
The boys Kanani and Keli’l are both said to be amazing dog trainers, and they are also into extreme sports, and work as stunt actors in movies.
Rumors and controversies
It is rumored that Tia’s husband Aren was physically abusive towards her – however, this has not been confirmed by Tia and is unlikely to be true as she has been fighting for his release from prison during these 12 years he has spent incarcerated.
Appearance and net worth
Tia is currently 58 years old. She has red hair and brown eyes, is 6ft 1in (1.74m) tall and weighs around 141lb (64kg). She has numerous tattoos on her body, most of which were done before she turned 30.
According to authoritative sources, Tia’s current net worth is estimated to be over $300,000, and is rising only slowly, as Tia is not focused on making money, but rather just wants to help all the animals she can.
we are launching a new fundraising project to help more pit bulls get spayed and neutered in communities where we have the mobile means
— Tia Torres (@SaveVillalobos) March 31, 2011
Social media presence
Tia is more or less active on the popular social media platforms – she doesn’t have an Instagram account, but both of her daughters are active on the platform. There is also an Instagram account for the “Pit Bulls & Parolees” show, which counts over 83,000 followers, with nearly 125 pictures uploaded.
Tia runs her Facebook page entitled “Tia Maria Torres of Pit Bulls & Parolees”, and has so far gathered over 820,000 followers, while her “Villalobos Rescue Center” Facebook page is followed by over 1.5 million people.
If you want to find out more about Tia’s animal rescue center, be sure to visit its official website.