A Virginia man was charged with nearly two dozen felonies after 21 dead and rotting pit bulls were found at a Pochin Place home. According to the Daily Press, on Tuesday, 59-year-old Vernon Silver pleaded guilty to 23 felony animal cruelty charges (and multiple misdemeanors) stemming from the discovery of the dogs on property in March 2017.
Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Ryan Zerby described the horrible condition of the dogs found:
“Some of the dogs were decomposed to a tar-like consistency. Some were so decomposed that fur fell off the bodies as the officers removed the dogs. … Conspicuously lacking in the house was any food of any type for the dogs.”
Prosecutors stated that they discovered dog fighting paraphernalia at the property – though Silver claimed that dealing with “gout” had caused him to not tend to feeding and providing water to the dogs. Silver’s sentencing will take place on March 22; he faces over 100 years behind bars.
This isn’t Silver’s first run-in with the wrong side of the law – in 2014 he was charged with 16 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, 16 misdemeanor counts of failure to provide for a dog; he was sentenced to just 10 days in jail for those charges.
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