Earl left Pit Bulls and Parolees for a few episodes in 2020, just before the show ended, because he was pulled over and arrested.
The heartfelt stories on Pit Bulls and Parolees focus as much on the parolees as they do on the dogs that they rescue and rehabilitate.
Earl Moffett is one of the most popular parolees featured on the show, and although he did get into trouble with the law again in 2021, he still works for the Villalobos Rescue Center.
About Pit Bulls and Parolees
It is difficult to look away from a show like Animal Planet’s Pit Bulls and Parolees. In the show Tia Torres and her team at the Villalobos Rescue Center go the extra mile to rescue, help, rehabilitate and re-home a series of lost and abandoned dogs.
However, the touching stories of the rehabilitated dogs are not the only thing that makes the show so special.
As its name suggests, Pit Bulls and Parolees also gives you a glimpse into the lives of several of the volunteer parolees who work for the rescue center, as they share their heartfelt stories about what the center and its dogs have meant to them on their own journeys.
Why did Earl leave Pit Bulls and Parolees?
One of the parolees, who has become somewhat synonymous not only with Pit Bulls and Parolees, but also with the Villalobos Rescue Center, is Earl Moffett.
If you were an avid Pit Bulls and Parolees watcher, then you will know that Earl was one of the few constants at the Villalobos Rescue Center.
His laid-back demeanor and wicked sense of humor quickly made him one of the fan-favorite parolees on the show.
Like many of the parolees who appeared on the show throughout the years, Earl has a contentious history with the law and was first incarcerated at the age of 17.
However, part of what made Earl such an upstanding character (and partially why Tia decided to hire him in the first place) was because he never shied away from his past.
If you are a longtime Pit Bulls and Parolees fan, you may have even seen Earl become an absolutely free man when he finished his parole in 2014.
Unfortunately, though, Earl’s longtime struggle with addiction caught up to him just a few years later in 2020, at which point he was arrested and charged with speeding, driving with an open container and possession of prescription drugs.
Fortunately, Tia was able to get him out on bail and get him back on track after this slip. While Earl may have been missing from a few of the last episodes of Pit Bulls and Parolees, he is still part of rescue efforts at the Villalobos Rescue Center.
Earl worked with dogs even before Pit Bulls and Parolees started
Sadly, Earl lost the use of his right arm when he was incarcerated for the second time in his adult life. Earl then decided to join a special prison program which would help him cope with his new disability and the monotony of life in prison.
This special program was where Earl first learned to train, care for and handle dogs. The knowledge and skills that he gained from this program are the reason why he ultimately applied for and was hired at the Villalobos Rescue Center.
Earl’s struggle with addiction
Earl has always been incredibly candid; not only about his past, but also about how working at the Villalobos Rescue Center has changed his life. However, unfortunately, this did not erase his longtime struggle with addiction.
Longtime Pit Bull and Parolees fans may even remember the spinal cord surgery that he underwent while filming the show in 2015.
Although this surgery helped to ease Earl’s physical pain, it did cause him to relapse as well, and he ended up joining a 90-day rehab program before being arrested on the possession charges in 2020.
What Earl is doing now?
Pit Bulls and Parolees was pulled off the air rather unceremoniously at the end of its 18th season, with no real explanation as to why. This left many of the parolees and dogs’ storylines, including what would happen to Earl, up in the air.
Fortunately, though, Tia, Earl and the rest of the team at the Villalobos Rescue Center have continued their work outside of the show. In fact, they now even have a few of their own web series and podcasts on the rabidreality.com website.
This includes a series called “THE BIG EASY BOYZ”, which follows Earl and another former parolee TC as they explore parts of New Orleans which they have never experienced before.