Demand harsh sentence for death of 21 pit bulls by Vernon Silver
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I'm amending this petition to show additional charges dating back to 2003. He is an habitual offender of animal cruelty. He is also an offender of driving with a suspended license, failure to obey traffic signs dating from 7/05 to 10/09. These fines are also unpaid. He obviously treats all aspects of his life with disrespect. He probably laughs all the way home at the judges, police and animal control and asks himself why do they bother?
In March, 2017, a Hampton man arrested on 65 charges related to 21 dogs found dead in Hampton home on Pochin Place. As stated in the Daily Press, court documents indicate Vernon Silver was taken into custody and 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. A variety of dog fighting evidence was also found.
According to the criminal complaint, the only dog found alive was emaciated and confined to a pen filled with urine and feces surrounded by deceased and decomposing dogs, clearly deprived of food, adequate air flow and required emergency veterinary treatment.
The 21 pit bulls deceased were emaciated and had liquified in their cages. Inside there was dog fighting paraphernalia, to include bite sticks and a spring pole. There were also medications and syringes found for cows and horses inside the refrigerator, one specifically used by a licensed veterinarian, and all consistent with medications used to heal wounds associated with dog fighting. Court documents say there were also multiple powdered supplements often used to enhance muscle mass and growth.
Police also found dog fighting books at his residence on Abbey Court. He purchased dogs from various individuals and kept them at Pochin Place in Hampton.
Again, Vernon Silver has a long history of animal cruelty and has never received a sentence that equals his torture and mistreatment of animals.
7/2003 Convicted of animal cruelty and fined $1,000.00. No jail time.
6/1/2007. Charges of no city dog license and failure to vaccinate dismissed.
8/28/2007. Failure to vaccinate. Found guilty and fined. Found guilty of 1 of 2 animal cruelty charges. Fined $165.00. These fines are unpaid.
9/2008. 16 malnourished dogs seized. Pled away animal cruelty charges by surrendering the dogs. No fine, no jail time.
4/2014. 46 charges. 16 charges of animal cruelty. Convicted of 4! All charges of failure to provide care and no city dog license were dismissed. $200.00 fine and 10 days of jail time suspended. Two years of unsupervised probation.
5/1/2014. Civil violation - Pet for impoundment of Animal. No charges.
Can you imagine what he's done that we don't know about?? What kind of message did the judges send? That you will be given a slap on the wrist, keep doing what you are doing to these helpless animals because there are no consequences.
Justice needs to be serious. I made the mistake of driving by the house on Pochin today (3/10/17) and all the windows were boarded up. I have felt nothing but anger and sorrow. I've cried most of the day just thinking about these babies and the suffering they endured needlessly by a man who used them for his own selfish needs. Having two rescued pit bulls myself, it's hard for me to fathom that just a few streets over, there were all these dogs that no one gave a voice to. We have to be their voice now because we failed them. If he had been charged appropriately in the past, maybe he could have been stopped. These pets died tragically. Used for fighting, no veterinary care, no food, no water, no light and NO love. His Arraignment date was March 23, 2017. His preliminary trial is set for May 31st. He has a bond hearing on 4/7/17 and we will be there protesting. Emails are being sent to the Commonwealths Attorney as well. Let the courts know that we demand Maximum jail time!
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