When police first entered the Turpin family’s California home, they found a 22-year-old shackled to a bed, a 12-year-old the weight of a child five years younger, and 11 others who clearly hadn’t had proper access to showers and toilets.
They also found two “healthy” dogs.
“The animals appear very friendly, very active, they’re well fed and they’re happy,” Jo Vargo, Perris City spokesperson told Inside Edition.
While 12 of their 13 children were fed only one meal a day and allowed to starve (the two-year-old child was found in fine health), David and Louise Turpin took good care of their two canines.
The one-year-old, female Maltese mixes seem to be leash-trained, and according to local authorities, show no signs of the trauma the Turpin siblings experienced.