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. Even though Jessika Edwards cut off communication with the shooter(Devin Kelley), she should have also contacted the authorities so that they could have investigated the shooter’s claims he was using these poor dogs for target practice. Nowhere in this article does it mention that she notified anybody to protect these dogs. And who knows, perhaps if she would have, 26 people would still be alive. If you witness animal abuse of any kind and do not report it, you are just as culpable! If you see something, say something!

    • You are definitely not “just as culpable”, but I totally agree with everything else you said, and was thinking the same thing!!

  2. Albert Gamez, Jr., Wilson County Texas Precinct 1 Commissioner:
    You are aware that DEVIN KELLEY is buying dogs and using them for “target practice.” This DEVIN KELLEY is OBVIOUSLY sick in the head.

    Thanks to this WORLDWIDE PETITION, we demand mental health evaluations for DEVIN KELLEY and others like him in order to prevent future violence.

    We also demand laws that would require animal abusers to give up their animals. Thank you.

    • Si, ciertamente estas personas son enfermos psicológicos. Pero claro, como dice el dicho: ” a todos los tontos le da por hacer daño”. y no por ser bondadosos precisamente.
      En verdad, son dignos de lástima

  3. Devin Kelly is not fit to walk the streets any place. He needs to be stand in front of a firing squad!!! Authorities should have been contacted before now as other wise he is going to kill a human. Makes me sick he could be so cruel. Craig’s List should NOT be selling animals anyway.

  4. Barton Dixon says:

    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein
    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer
    “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” St. Francis of Assisi


  6. Patricia Dumais says:

    When people don’t report abuse, it continues… People who know of abuse should be report it or else be considered an “accessory to the fact” and also be held responsible for the crime.

    And yes, people who inflict cruelty on animals need to have their heads examined – they are dangerous people.

  7. agree all above but don’t waste money just do the same back to them.

  8. If the country cannot afford to institute them. Then use them as lab experiments. So the other mental cases will have some experimental data founded from these worthless & unworthy psychos. May be it will help some others find some cures as well. Get a good use of them.

  9. Lisa Allred says:

    Signed & shared❗️😠

  10. Sadistic, devil’s cunt
    The damn hell is supposed to get this fucking whore.
    A bullhook must be used for this piece of shit and all animal torrents. Over and over again in the mug hit to the end.

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