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Forrest the Dog's Accused Shooter Attracts 100 to Rally

Ramone "Raymone" Clements, accused of chaining dog Forrest to a tree in Cleveland Heights and shooting him, is to appear in federal court this afternoon on related charges.

About 100 people gathered at Public Square today to rally for lawmakers to make animal abuse a felony in Ohio. 

The Rally for Reform was scheduled on the same day as a hearing for Ramone "Raymone" Clements, a Cleveland man accused of chaining a dog to a tree in a Cleveland Heights park and shooting him.

Clements pleaded not guilty to charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon, according to The Plain Dealer.

He is scheduled to appear in court next Monday afternoon. We'll have the lastest on the hearing as it's available.

The ammunition charge carries a greater sentence if Clements is convicted than his original animal cruelty charge, which was dropped after his federal indictment.

Animal rights activists have balked at the charges, arguing that Clements should face hard time for how he treated Forrest the dog, not because he possessed bullets.

"I feel that Forrest really handed [Clements] to them on a silver platter and now he’s not even a part of it," Robin Stone, who adopted the dog, said.

"If Clements hadn't already been a menace to society, he would be walking around potentially among Public Square with the rest of us slapped in the wrists with a $250 fine looking for another victim, whether it was another Herbie, another Forrest, another Henry or the many others," said one speaker at the rally.

Animal rights activist Dick Goddard spoke at the event, encouraging attendees to speak up for animals like Forrest.

"This guy is a screwball. He's a rapist. You know who's to blame? The judges," said Goddard. "We've got to get into the 21st century, with your help."

Clements, 42, of Cleveland, is not allowed to own guns or ammunitions because he has previous convictions in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for rape in 2006, drug trafficking in 2003 and aggravated robbery in 1991, according to his indictment.

He faces between 19 and 24 years in prison if he is convicted.

Though Clements was originally charged in local courts for animal cruelty and weapons charges, those charges were dropped in lieu of his federal prosecution.

See all stories on the Forest Hill dog shooting.

Lucy McKernan April 02, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Well, one good thing about this is that the line between animal cruelty and assault on humans is blurred, proving animal rights activists right: it's all the same, and one leads to the other. Federal prosecutors are not going to give him much, because they, too, are hamstrung by the archaic, NRA-lobbying, Pittman-Roberson Act excise tax-garnering system. One must understand that, to truly sentence a criminal for weapons-related charges the way he/she should be sentenced is to go against the system; it's ironic, but true.
Lucy McKernan April 02, 2013 at 02:51 PM
In addition to this scumbag's guilt, let's also take into account the breeders of gentle giants like this Mastiff Forrest -- namely, that SOB on Pearl Road in Cleveland who keeps his $1,200 dogs out in the open 24/7. A drive past the spot, located in a vacant parking lot behind a closed Brooklyn, OH, YMCA building, on Easter Day yielded THREE huge dogs sharing ONE cage and ONE igloo house.
tomcody April 02, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Lucy could you be a "scumbabe"..?
Lucy McKernan April 03, 2013 at 02:03 PM
TOMCODY: One chance to explain yourself, or I'll flag as inappropriate. Who are you? Why the weird post?
tomcody April 03, 2013 at 04:43 PM
well if you think calling someone a "scumbag" is alright..maybe you should look inside yourself and reflect;; "look for the log in your own eye before looking at the speck in your neighbors eye" ....
tomcody April 03, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Lucy, flag your ass off.!!..

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