CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio – Police believe they have the man responsible for chaining a dog to a tree in a park and shooting the dog twice. The suspect also happens to be a convicted rapist and registered sex offender.
Forrest the mastiff was shot twice on Nov. 25 at Forest Hills Park in Cleveland Heights and found the next morning by people walking their dogs.
Raymone Clements, 42, of East Cleveland was arrested Wednesday and charged with cruelty to animals and firing a gun in the city limits.
Clements was convicted of two counts of rape in 2006 and sentenced to five years in prison. He was released in early 2011, court records show.
"I'm not surprised. I wasn't surprised when I saw that he had that kind of a record, that kind of violence towards women, toward animals," said Amy Beichler, the Executive Director of the Public Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS Ohio, which is seeing Forest though his recovery.
"It turned my stomach because I certainly have met Forrest, I have been with him at his vet appointments. I see the pain that he is in," Beichler said.
Forrest’s energy is back, but he limps.
His left shoulder is broken from when he was shot.
"He's going to need surgery to take care of that," Beichler said.
Forrest is a gentle giant, and despite being shot twice and having a broken leg, he still loves people.
Beichler is also praising Cleveland Heights Police for arresting Forrest's suspected abuser.
"They were dogged in their investigation to find this individual, or individuals, who were responsible for shooting him," she said.