Police capture woman charged in January under new Warren bestiality ordinancePublished: 4/11/17 @ 12:00
By Ed Runyan
Amber L. Finney, 33, who has eluded capture since January on a warrant charging her under Warren’s new bestiality law, was arrested early Saturday and was arraigned Monday in Warren Municipal Court.
She pleaded not guilty and is being held in the county jail without eligibility to make bond. Her next hearing is 10:15 a.m. April 20.
Police said they found her in the basement at her home on Ward Avenue Northwest at 9:07 p.m. Sunday, after employees at the nearby Walgreens store on West Market Street said they observed her in the store and recognized her as the woman “on TV that got in trouble with animals.”
She had left the store by the time officers arrived, but officers went to her home and found her crying in the basement. She told police “she was drugged and later told officers that someone put something in her drink and she doesn’t remember what happened.”
It’s not clear whether she was talking about Sunday,or during the incident that resulted in her being charged under the bestiality ordinance.
Finney is charged with engaging in sexual conduct with animals, a law Warren passed after another Warren resident, Salvador Rendon, 61, who also lived on Ward Avenue Northwest, was accused of having sex with his daughter’s boxer dogs.
He was later convicted of one count of cruelty to animals, which requires that police prove that the conduct caused harm to the animal.
Warren and Ohio did not have a law against having sex with animals at the time, but Rendon’s case and the work of Boardman animal rights activist Jason Cooke led Warren City Council to pass such an ordinance in June.
The state legislature also passed a bestiality law late in 2016. It took effect in March, but Cooke says its penalties are not as severe as Warren’s law. For example, Warren’s law allows for an indefinite prohibition for owning animals. The state law allows for a five-year ban.
Finney’s charge resulted from an investigation conducted by the Warren Police Department after it received a complaint Jan. 24 and other complaints indicating that Finney could be seen on an Internet video having sex with a dog.
Detective Nick Carney of the Warren Police Department has said he didn’t know how the video was produced or who posted it on the Internet.
Rendon, meanwhile, has had several hearings since he was convicted to check on his progress in treatment. Rendon remains on probation through 2021, and he is not allowed to have any pets.