Jenelle Evans says the dog-killing incident at her home was NOT a publicity stunt as she calls the sheriffs investigating the case ‘liars’
- Evans has been accused of making up the story her husband killed their dog
- The Sheriff’s Office said she confessed it was all a publicity stunt
- But the star shot back on Thursday saying they are lying about the investigation
Jenelle Evans has been accused of making up the story that husband David Eason shot and killed their French bulldog named Nugget in April.
The Columbus County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office released a statement this week which read, ‘Jenelle stated that the reason she filed the animal cruelty report was for the publicity and because she did not know where her dog was.’
But the Teen Mom star has now accused the sheriff’s office of lying and has said the incident was not a publicity stunt, though she cannot explain what happened to the canine or where he is now.
Not so fast: Jenelle Evans has been accused of making up the story that husband David Eason shot and killed their French bulldog named Nugget. But she told The Hollywood Gossip that is not true
Her husband: The children were removed from the home following David Eason’s alleged brutal killing of French Bulldog Nugget in early May, which he documented on video
The star gave a statement via email to The Hollywood Gossip on Thursday.
‘Yes, what you heard is true about my dog,’ began Jenelle.
‘This isn’t a publicity stunt and I’m not sure where my dog is or what happened to my dog but you would have to call David and ask. I was inside my house with my kids when David went outside with the dog.’
She continued: ‘I hear gunshots all the time at my house and my neighbor down the road even shoots his cannon sometimes.
Her statement: ‘This isn’t a publicity stunt and I’m not sure where my dog is or what happened to my dog but you would have to call David and ask. I was inside my house with my kids when David went outside with the dog.’ Seen in 2017
‘Told them I don’t remember if I heard a gunshot or not. I never saw anything and was in the house with my kids the entire time.’
And then Evans went on the attack, ‘I honestly think they are doing this for their own publicity because they could have wrote up their “press release” weeks ago.’
She ended with: ‘We have footage of the entire search when the police came from two different angles. One from David’s phone and one from mine. If the police want to keep up their lies we can post the truth some more.’
On Thursday morning TMZ reported that Evans told police that the entire incident was a publicity stunt to increase their fame. She also said she lied about hearing a gunshot outside the home, added the site.
Success! Evans has regained custody of her daughter Ensley, two, and son Kaiser, four. Seen with Ensley and Maryssa Eason in February
David admitted in a video that the he had killed the canine because it was nipping at their daughter.
Eason posted an Instagram video on May 1 of the bulldog snapping at the couple’s two-year-old daughter, Ensley.
‘I dont give a damn what animal bites my baby on the face,’ he captioned the clip.
‘Whether it be your dog or mine, a dog is a dog and I dont put up with that s—t at all. 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.’
He continued, ‘You can hate me all you want but this isnt the first time the dog bit Ensley aggressively. The only person that can judge weather or not a animal is a danger to MY CHILD is ME.’
Jenelle also seemed heartbroken as she wrote, ‘Nugget… I’m crying everyday. I love you so much and I’m so sorry. I’m speechless,” she captioned an Instagram selfie on Wednesday. “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.’
With her little one: Evans seen with Ensley. She also said in her Thursday statement, ‘We have footage of the entire search when the police came from two different angles. One from David’s phone and one from mine. If the police want to keep up their lies we can post the truth some more’
But as the investigation progressed, things became murky, according to the site.
Jenelle said it was all made up for pr and she wanted the incident to ‘go away,’ according to sources TMZ spoke with.
She also changed her story saying she never heard a shotgun go off, it was claimed.
Adding to the strangeness of this case, the dog’s dead body was never found and there was no sign of blood and any remains of the dog at the home.
It still has not been revealed where the dog is. If the canine is not dead, then he must have been given away or the couple are hiding him at their home.
TMZ’s source said, ‘Cops claim they did a thorough search of the property and never found a weapon nor any blood or evidence of an animal killing. Combine that with Evans saying she made the whole thing up … and investigation wrapped.’
The incident caused Child Protective Services to investigate Jenelle and she temporarily lost custody of all three of her children.
But on Wednesday the kids were returned after a weeks-long legal battle.
A judge in North Carolina ruled that her son Kaiser, four, and daughter Ensley should be returned to their mother, TMZ reported.
‘Crying in tears of joy,’ Jenelle tweeted after the custody case was dismissed.
Ensley had been living with Jenelle’s mom Barbara Evans, who has permanent custody of her eldest son Jace, nine.
Kaiser was with his father Nathan Griffiths.
According to TMZ, Griffiths must return the boy to Jenelle by 10 a.m. Thursday.
RadarOnline reported that the judge had ‘dismissed’ the case after testimony wrapped.
Leaving court, Jenelle told the outlet that she is ‘very happy’ with the way things turned out.
Ensley had been living with Jenelle’s mom Barbara Evans, pictured, who has permanent custody of her eldest son Jace, nine
Kaiser was placed with his father Nathan Griffiths. According to TMZ, Griffiths must return the boy to Jenelle by 10 a.m. Thursday
Troubled: Jenelle and her mother have had a strained relationship for years; seen in 2015
A judge in North Carolina had ruled on May 28 that the Teen Mom 2 star had ‘failed to protect the children while they were in her care’ after Eason killed the family’s dog, documenting it on video.
After the small dog appeared to nip at Ensley’s face after she tried to kiss it, The Blast reported that Eason ‘grabbed the dog by the throat and slammed it on the ground’ before throwing the helpless animal into the kitchen table.
He then threw the dog’s body out of the door before grabbing a pistol and shotgun and shooting it to death, returning to the home ‘covered in blood.’
Child Protective Services began a probe of Eason and Evans following the dog’s death, according to The Blast, and sources told RadarOnline that ‘CPS described the state of the home as horrific,’ as ‘it was filthy, and there were holes in all of the walls.’
Emergency service records revealed that authorities were called to their home 25 times in the last year.
The records revealed that nearly one third of the calls were welfare check requests and six calls were made by someone inside the house.
Evans was subsequently let go by MTV following Eason’s killing of Nugget.
In a statement, the network said: ‘We have stopped filming with Jenelle … as of April 6, 2019, and have no plans to cover her story in the upcoming season,’ noting that they also ‘ended [their] relationship with David Eason over a year ago in February 2018.’
Over: David Eason will not be charged with killing their family dog, a French bulldog named Nugget. According to a Thursday report from TMZ, the Teen Mom star is off the hook and the investigation has wrapped. Here David is seen with wife Jenelle Evans in February