Jenelle Evans’ husband David Eason admits he killed her dog
Jenelle Evans‘ husband David Eason is coming clean about killing the “Teen Mom” star’s dog.
“It was a situation where my daughter, her health, her safety was in danger,” Eason, 31, said in an interview with People Monday. “It upsets me just as much as someone who doesn’t even know Nugget may think they’re upset. This was something that nobody wants to ever have to do.”
In May, the reality star posted a video of Evans’ French bulldog, Nugget, snapping at the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Ensley, with the caption, “I’m all about protecting my family, it is my lifes mission. Some people are worth killing or dying for and my family means that much to me.”
“The dog was aggressive,” Eason told People. “She might not be huge or whatever, but you know when a dog bites a child on the face more than one time, then it should never be around the child again.”
He shared that he did not consider giving the dog up for adoption to prevent it from being around other children or having police euthanize the animal themselves, a process which Eason said he would have to fund.
“I mean, I loved that dog,” he added, fighting back tears. “I still think about her every day. It’s really hard for me. A lot of people put me down for it, they hate me for it, but, you know, like I said it was not something I wanted to do.”
Evans, 27, shared that the incident was not meant to be public and that it was a “private family issue that happened within our household.”
She attributed her husband’s actions to his “country lifestyle,” sharing that the way he was raised is “really different than a lot of other places.”
“We understand that people ares scared of the whole gun thing, [but] they just don’t understand it from David’s perspective,” she continued. “His father taught him, ‘Don’t let any animal hurt you’ … and he just thought what he was doing was best, and he does realize that what he did was wrong.”
Soon after the killing, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office investigated Eason for animal cruelty, but closed the case, alleging that the couple filed a report for publicity.
Evans and Eason both denied the department’s allegations and told People that the police called them — not the other way around — because the officers were receiving phone calls from the press.
“I didn’t break any laws, and there was nothing that he could do,” Eason said.
Another fallout from the incident came when MTV decided to cut ties with Evans after ten years with the network.
The “Teen Mom” star shared she learned from past mistakes she’s made in the public eye, and that her husband is now “learning from everything that is happening” and has attended co-parenting counseling sessions and anger management classes.
“We got over it, and actually my pitbull Jax, he actually killed one of our pigs recently,” Evans said. “So instead of David saying, ‘Well let me euthanize the dog, let’s just give the dog away.’ So we gave the dog away instead … So he’s even taken the initiative to correct his actions and not repeat the same mistakes he’s made before.”
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Nugget… I’m crying everyday. I love you so much and I’m so sorry. I’m speechless. You were my side kick and knew the moment I felt bad and would cuddle with me. You still had a lot to learn and a lot to grow from your lessons. Everyday I wake up you’re not here, when I come home you’re not here, when I go to bed… you’re not here. You’re gone forever and there’s no coming back. #Heartbroken #Distraught 😓😪💔
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