Two well-fed dogs were taken from the same home in Perris, California where 13 siblings were found tortured and severely malnourished earlier this month.
The same cannot be said for the children who lived in the home. The victims, who range in age from 2 to 29, were allegedly abused by their parents David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin. Police found the siblings, some of them allegedly shackled to furniture, in the Turpin home after a 17-year-old daughter escaped and called police. Because of the alleged malnourishment they all suffered, police initially thought all victims were children. At least seven of the victims were adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29. Mike Hestrin, the Riverside District Attorney, detailed in a news conference last week how the Turpins allegedly only allowed their children to eat once a day and shower twice a year.
Their pets appeared to have better treatment.
“The animals, one white and one black, appear healthy and friendly and are leash-trained, according to Christina Avila, a senior animal control officer,” a press release from the city of Perris stated. An adoption raffle for the dogs is being held by the city to help them find new homes.
The Turpins have pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges, including torture, child abuse, abuse of dependent adults and false imprisonment. David Turpin was also additionally charged with committing a lewd act on one of the female children by force, according to The Washington Post.
[Photo: Facebook, City of Perris]