Woman sentenced in dog abuse case

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60 days in jail with 5 years’ probation

Amber Finney, 33, of Warren, appeared before Warren Municipal Court Judge Terry Ivanchak, who sentenced her to 180 days in jail but suspended 120 of them. He also credited Finney for the 33 days she has been in the Trumbull County Jail.

The judge also fined Finney $300 and put her on five years’ probation. As terms of her probation, the woman is not allowed to own any animals during the five-year period.

The charges stem from a video released in January that showed a woman performing s&x acts on a dog. Police arrested Finney about 9 p.m. April 9 at her home at 1125 Ward St. NW.

Finney is the first person charged under the city’s best@lity law, the first law of its kind to be passed in Ohio. The law provides enhanced penalties for those convicted of having s&x with animals and was passed unanimously June 22 by City Council.

The law made bestiality a first-degree misdemeanor, which means a convicted person may receive a jail sentence of up to 180 days and given a $1,000 fine for each count. If someone is found guilty, he or she may be required to pay for boarding and care of the animals.

The law originated from the 2016 case of Salvador Rendon of Warren, who investigators say had s&x multiple times over six years with two boxers in his Ward Street NW home. Rendon pleaded guilty to a charge of animal cruelty and also received a short jail sentence.

Ohio lawmakers later passed a law banning besti@lity in the state.

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