Hampton man arrested for 21 dogs found dead in home makes court appearance

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

HAMPTON, Va. – The man facing 65 charges for the 21 dogs found dead inside a home appeared in court on Thursday.

A judge assigned Vernon Silver a public defender and ordered him to stay in jail without bond.

Silver was arrested back on March 9 after animal control conducted a search at a home on Pochin Place and at his personal home on Abbey Court.

One pit bull was found alive in the Pochin Place home and is now at the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter.

Court documents show that the 21 other pit bulls were found severely decomposed. Officers also found various types of dogfighting paraphernalia.

It’s still unclear how or why Silver had access to the home on Pochin place. The property is registered to a woman in Philadelphia.

Silver will be back in court for a preliminary hearing on May 31st.