Demand Mental Health Evaluations for Animal Abusers

Target: Albert Gamez, Jr., Wilson County Texas Precinct 1 Commissioner

Goal: Demand mental health evaluations and release of animals for people convicted of animal cruelty.

Dogs purchased off Craigslist were allegedly used by the Sutherland Springs church shooter for “target practice,” according to a former Air Force colleague of the man who killed 26 people in November of 2017. Jessika Edwards told CNN that she worked with Devin Kelley, the shooter, for two years at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. Although Kelley was released from the military after a bad-conduct charge, he still kept in contact with Edwards on Facebook.

In 2014, Edwards reportedly received a message on Facebook from Kelley in which he disclosed that he was purchasing dogs on Craiglist and using them for “target practice.” This was not the first time that Edwards felt disturbed by Kelley. Apparently, while serving in the Air Force, Kelley was allegedly obsessed with mass murders and would joke about wanting to kill people. While Edwards stated that she was not certain that the claim about using dogs for target practice was true, it was enough for her to cut off contact with Kelley.

While Kelley lived in El Paso County, Colorado, he was cited for cruelty to animals. Multiple witnesses reported seeing him beat his dog and drag the injured dog around by the neck. The officer that reported to the complaints noted that the dog appeared to be underfed. Other neighbors reported that Kelley would keep his dogs tied up in the sun without any access to water. There has a been a consensus between social workers, law enforcement, and animal advocates that animal abuse can be a predictor of other forms of violence, including violence towards humans. Sign this petition to Urge Albert Gamez Jr., the Wilson County Texas Precinct 1 commissioner, to mandate mental health evaluations or counseling for animal cruelty offenders and for those convicted of animal cruelty to give up custody of their animals.


Dear Commissioner Gamez,

The Sutherland Springs shooter who killed 26 people in a church in 2017 had a history of being an animal abuser. While he lived in Colorado he was cited for beating his dog and dragging it around by its neck. Other neighbors also claimed that he left his dogs in the sun without access to water. The shooter also reportedly mentioned to a former colleague on Facebook that he was purchasing dogs off Craigslist to use as “target practice.”

There has been a consensus amongst experts that animal abuse and cruelty can be an indicator for other types of violence, including violence towards humans. Forensic veterinarian Martha Smith-Blackmore told the Huffington Post in 2015, “People need to understand that it is never just the dog.” I urge you to require mental health consultations for anyone who is convicted of animal cruelty in order to prevent future violence, as well as laws that would require animal abusers to give up their animals.


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  1. Just shoot the MF’er’s in the head and then examine them. Then put them in the ground for the worms. They have to eat too. lol

  2. Leanne Chan says:

    I am not signing this petition – why does everything have to be about ‘it’s not just the dog – the MF could start to go after humans too’? It’s already bad enough that the POS would abuse or kill animals. And a mental evaluation is too good of treatment for them; they need an eye for an eye.

  3. This creep needs some serious mental help. He should never be allowed to go near an animal, much less own one!

  4. They`re plain f****** EVIL …..assessment over!!

  5. Bev Woodburn says:

    This is another animal torturing murdering monster Kelley who must be put to death. Demanding mental health evaluation for
    animal torturers and abusers will be a waste of time and money. These animal torturers and abusers will continue torturing and abusing their helpless and innocent victims. These animal torturing monsters and abusers must all be put to death by the same means they tortured or abused their defenceless and innocent victims.No questions asked just kill the monsters. Eradication from our planet is a must.

  6. ANY person working with any animal or ANY person convicted of any animal abuse should have a mental examination to verify that they are “fit” to work with animals. Whether it be on factory farms, fur/leather farms, animal experimentation, animal circuses, manufacturers such as glue traps… Here’s to hoping that no one will pass and all these abusive industries will shut down. For a better society, for a better world for ALL!

  7. if they have mental health should be alive death penalty if they do it to animals they do it to humans don’t need these people in community.

  8. I would also like to burn this whole pack of animals abusers and torment a lot more to death. It is no longer enduring like these poor animals must suffer. These are all feeling cripples of these monstermen.
    They should be extinguished. So much exorbitant brutality and absolute cruelty is no longer to be surpassed.

    Cowardly human scum

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