Two men were sentenced Friday in Halifax County Circuit Court to suspended jail sentences in relation to an animal cruelty case where more than 170 animals living in poor conditions were turned over to Halifax Animal Control in December of 2020.
Judge Kimberley S. White sentenced Zachary Raymond Setliff of Danville to serve 120 months in jail for a misdemeanor charge of confining an animal while transporting it for more than 24 hours without being exercised, rested, fed or watered and nine misdemeanor charges of cruelty to animals.
Zachary also faced a felony charge each of firearm larceny, obtaining a credit card and being a nonviolent felon in possession of a firearm and two felony charges of grand larceny stemming for an incident that occurred July 2.
He was arrested suspected of stealing cash, credit cards and a firearm from a guest at the Quality Inn hotel on Seymour Drive in South Boston.
White sentenced Zachary to serve 75 years in prison for the theft-related charges, but suspended all time with credit for time served.
The suspended portions of his sentences were due to a plea agreement Zachary made with the commonwealth, and are conditioned on his good behavior for 20 years.
White also ordered Zachary to complete two years of supervised probation.
He also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, to complete 100 hours of community service, and will not be able to own an animal for two years.
Also sentenced in the case was Taylor Short Setliff of Alton.
White sentenced Taylor to serve 60 months in jail for a misdemeanor charge of confining an animal while transporting it for more than 24 hours without being exercised, rested, fed or watered and four misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals after he pleaded nolo contendere, but suspended all time conditioned on his good behavior for 60 months.
Taylor also was ordered to pay restitution of $664.26 to animal control, and he is not allowed to own an animal for five years.
The courts also nol prossed five additional misdemeanor charges of cruelty to animals.
Deputies responded to the Setliff’s residence at 3020 Paradise Road on Dec. 20, 2020 for a domestic call, and upon arrival, they notified animal control of issues involving animals on the property, according to former animal control warden Todd Moser.
Upon her arrival, Officer Midkiff with animal control observed several deceased animals and others sick, overcrowded, with no water or food or having poor housing.
After speaking with the owners, a decision was made to surrender all animals to animal control, according to the former animal control warden.
A total of 179 animals were removed from the property, said Moser, including pigs, goats, chickens, rabbits, quail, pigeons, pheasants, ducks, game chickens and geese.
These animals were taken under code section 3.2-6570 (cruelty), said Moser.