Virginia man who left 21 puppies to die sentenced to 60 years in prison

In Hampton, Virginia, a man accused of leaving 21 puppies die inside his home will serve more than eight years in prison. Vernon Silver, 59, was sentenced on Wednesday at the Hampton Circuit Court, to 69 years in prison with 60 years and eight months suspended.

According to the Virginian-Pilot, Silver entered an Alford plea to animal cruelty charges and one count of dog fighting, meaning he was not pleading guilty although he admitted prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.

In March 2017, Silver had been charged with 22 counts of animal cruelty, 22 counts of failure to provide care and 21 counts of failure to dispose of a deceased animal. Dog fighting evidence was also found at the scene which included bite sticks, a spring pole. and supplements and medications used to heal wounds. The criminal complaint stated only one  emaciated dog had been found alive which had been confined to a pen filled with urine and feces surrounded by other dead and decomposing bodies of dogs.

Silver had been a maintenance worker at the home and admitted the dogs belonged to him, but stated he wasn’t able to care for them because he became ill. The one dog that survived has since recovered and was adopted.

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20 replies
    • Kathy says:

      I agree! Why sentence them to a long term and then suspend most of it. What kind of lesson is that!?The more cruel the deed the longer the term in my opinion. Keep them locked up and out of society!

  1. Barbara Garabedian says:

    Sick bastard how horrible I are I wish u death on prison & hope u suffer worse than the puppies evil asshole poor puppies god bless them I Peace & away from u asshole bg

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    Sentenced to 69 years in prison with 60 of them suspended? What does this mean? I’m happy for the 9 years, most don’t get that much but why not make this low life spend the rest of his miserable life in prison with the rest of the filth! He will only get out in 9 years and go on with his abusive ways!

  3. pennysdachshunds says:

    The Court system Started OUT Right But then Suspended far too much time…. This Ethnic Dog Fighting , Brutal SOB should have to SERVE a Year for EACH DOG THAT SUFFERED the HORRIFIC DEATH HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR!!!

  4. vicki hood says:

    60 years suspended? 21 babies dead? Hope there are 21 Bubbas in prison. Those baby pups suffered so.

    8 years will do nothing for his conscience. Vernon Silver has nothing in him but evil.

  5. PAMELA D says:

    POS useless bastard. I wish I can throw this scum in a cage and let him starve, pee, and shit all over himself. Rot and die in prison and hopefully an animal lover will torture the shit out of you.

  6. Adrienne says:

    His punishment should be where he is forced to live in the same conditions as these dogs did and maybe he will die too.We read about more subhumans that have no soul. Dog fighting is not legal yet it exists in our country and law enforcement and politicians are doing a poor job of ridding this country of any dog fighting.

  7. Melissa Gurley says:

    At least Virginia is doing something about it not like alot of the others like Texas who don’t do anything to abusers that’s why every other story is Texas animal abusers

  8. Nancy Raymond says:

    60 years sounded so good and should stand – then to suspend 90% of his sentence once again proved the judicial system for animal abuse sucks. This motherfucker not only let 21 puppies die, he was a dogfighter – his actions deserve that he should be sitting in prison for the rest of his miserable life. Infuriates me that animal abuse is taken so lightly by all 50 states and to try to increase the penalties is repeatedly shot down by legislators.

  9. Pamela Bolton says:

    Why suspend the sentence?? They had it right the first time. This is disgusting. He is a dog fighter with no compassion for animals and you let him off with, yet another, slap on the wrist!! When is the law going to take this kind of abuse SERIOUSLY!! Shameful.

  10. rosiekat says:

    At least he is off the streets for 8 years. Virginia is taking this seriously. First animals then humans next. Hope he gets beat on in prison like this dog fighting pos put the dogs through. Next time, though, don’t suspend so much time!

  11. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    In the beginning it sounded great but to suspend that much is Bullshit. He needs to spend the whole ducking time in prison. Its better than what he dis for those innocent babies. Asshole.

  12. Cherie LeBlanc says:

    Yes,now if all animal cruelty/ abuse sentences were like this we would actually accomplish something with this crime.

  13. susispot says:

    I do not understand the sentencing and the suspending of one single day. Why? Surely not because he said he was “sorry”. Nothing will change for the animals until these disgusting wastes of oxygen get some serious punishment for their evil deeds.

  14. Red says:

    This crap won’t stop until the courts start making them SERVE THEIR TIME instead of giving them extended period of suspension!!!!! WHY was this monster sentenced to so many years and is only having to serve ONE!??!?!!? This is his SECOND CONVICTION!!!! WAKE UP JUDGE, you are condoning his abuse!


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