WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Warren man charged with animal cruelty after investigators say he committed sexual acts with two dogs entered a no contest plea in Warren Municipal Court on Tuesday.
Salvador Rendon, 61, was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 60 suspended, and credit for time served, meaning Rendon still has to serve 12 more days in jail. Rendon will also be on probation for five years, with special conditions that include no contact with animals of any kind and a psychological follow up, as the judge said that what occurred is not exactly clear.
Outside the courthouse, demonstrators pushed for tougher laws against animal abuse.
The group Nitro’s Army held a rally outside of the Warren Municipal Court Tuesday morning, demonstrating their support for Senate Bill 195 which is anti-bestiality legislation in Ohio.
They will be collecting signatures once again this weekend, at the Quality Pet Market in Austintown
“I wish we could have just thrown him in jail and thrown away the key, but I understand the law and this is what the judge had to go by,” said Beverly Spicer, leader of the local chapter of Nitro’s Army.
Currently, Ohio does not have any laws making sex with animals illegal.
Spicer said over the weekend, they were collecting signatures for the cause to give animals more protection, and she was surprised by what so many people said.
“A lot of people that we talked to over the weekend, which were over 100, some of them didn’t even know that this was existing in Ohio,” she said. “And it’s a shame. It really is. And we need somebody like Salvador Rendon to pay for what he did to these poor animals.”