A pair of 1-year-old dogs found in the Perris, California, home where 13 children were reportedly shackled and starved will be placed up for adoption.
According to the Independent, the two Maltese-mix dogs–one of which is named Fluffy–will be rehomed together sometime in February. Animal control officer Christina Avila said in a press release that the two dogs and will be raffled for adoption as they anticipate high interest.
“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.
The two canines were previously owned by David and Louise Turpin, the California parents accused of beating and starving their 13 children, ranging in ages from 2 to 29. Authorities claimed that years of neglect have left the severely underweight children with cognitive impairments, according to ABC.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Riverside County police arrested the couple this week after their 17-year-old daughter allegedly escaped the home and called for help. The teen allegedly told officers that her parents were holding her and her 12 siblings captive–and presented pictures that corroborated her story.
“Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that 7 of them were actually adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29,” police said in a statement.
“The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty.”
David Turpin, 57, and Louise, 49, are charged with 12 counts of torture, seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult, six counts of child abuse and 12 counts of false imprisonment. David is also charged with committing a lewd act on a child under 14 by force or fear.
The Turpins are each being held on $12 million bail. They are scheduled to reappear in court on February 23.
[Featured Image: City of Perris]