Accused Dog Shooter to be Sentenced

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Raymone Clements (Photo from Cleveland Heights PD)

CLEVELAND — Sentencing is set for Monday for a career criminal that animal rights activists believe was involved with the shooting of a dog chained to a tree.

Raymone Clements, 42, is scheduled to be sentenced in Federal Court in Cleveland. He was convicted of being a felon in possession of ammunition and a firearm.

He faces at least 10 years in prison.

According to court records, Clements has been in legal trouble before, facing previous charges of rape, drug trafficking and aggravated robbery.

In the recent case, Clements was arrested after a bull mastiff named Forrest was shot while chained to a tree in Forest Hill Park in Cleveland Heights last November.

Clements was not charged in federal court with shooting the dog. Shooting a dog is a misdemeanor charge.

Animal rights activists would like to get the law changed for cruelty to animals and have the penalty be more severe.

Forrest is now doing well and has been adopted.

Clements’ attorney and friends said he was not responsible for shooting the dog. They said he loves animals and would never hurt a dog. They added that he owns several other dogs.

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