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Yeah, I get what you're saying about the reality TV aspect. Still, Villalobos started rescuing dogs in 1991, long before Animal Planet got ahold of them. They do get a lot of negative attention because of the fact that they work with pit bulls and felons. But this is a rescue that's been in operation for more than 20 years. They've adopted out hundreds of dogs and are huge advocates for responsible pit bull ownership. They're also not parole officers for their employees, either. They can try to help, but if someone's going to go back to committing crimes, they can't really stop them.
I'm thinking Reality TV is really a double edged sword for these guys. Yes, it generates money to help them keep the rescue open, but Animal Planet is all about going for the edgy and controversial these days. Remember that show Deadly Attractions, about all the people who died in horribly gruesome ways after their exotic pets attacked them? And Animal Hoarders? They go for the sensationalistic, they do, and I think that's hurting how Villalobos is portrayed a bit.
As for the lowest common denominator, well, all I can say is positive incidents don't make good news. The same with pit bull attacks, this is going to get a lot of attention because the burglar is a parolee who is employed by a pit bull rescue. The papers will jump all over that. And they probably won't mention the purpose behind Villalobos, or that this man, not the dog rescue, was responsible for his own actions.