HAMPTON, Va. -- (WTKR) -- A man facing a laundry list of charges for the 21 dead dogs found in a home has a history with animal control.
In 2007, court records show that Vernon Silver was found guilty of cruelty to an animal, a pit bull.
In 2014, animal control responded to his home on Abbey Court again.
Documents show that officers found 16 dogs in standing water, in mud, feces, and urine. Rain was in the forecast for the next 48 hours and the dogs had no place to go to get out of the water and the "caretaker/owner could not remove them from the situation."
There were also four dogs in small crates inside a shed and were unable to move.