Healthy dogs rescued from California ‘House of Horrors’ get new home

The two “healthy” Maltese-mix dogs found in the Perris, California, home where 13 siblings were allegedly tortured were adopted by a local family on Monday.

The Mercury News reported that the city’s Animal Control received two applications to adopt the 1-year-old female dogs. City spokesman Joe Vargo told the newspaper that the agency held a raffle and inspected the family’s home before turning over the dogs.

A statement issued by the city late last month described the dogs as “healthy, friendly, [and] leash-trained.” Vargo said the family who adopted the dogs has requested anonymity because of the international attention the story has received.

“We are pleased to know the two dogs will go to a home where they will be well treated and loved,” Vargo told the newspaper in an email.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, David and Louise Turpin allegedly withheld food from their 13 children in addition to limiting their bathroom use and allowing them to only shower once a year.

Riverside County police arrested the couple on January 15 after their 17-year-old daughter reportedly escaped the home through a window and called 911 using a deactivated cell phone. The teen allegedly told officers that her parents were holding her and her 12 siblings captive and presented pictures that corroborated her story.

Authorities said the Turpin children, who range in age from 2 to 29, have suffered physical and cognitive impairments due to the years of neglect.

David and Louise Turpin pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including torture, abuse of a dependent adult, child abuse, and false imprisonment.

They are being held on $12 million bail each and are scheduled to appear in court on February 23.


[Featured Image: City of Perris]