Jenelle Evans’ husband, David Eason, will not be charged with animal cruelty after the former “Teen Mom 2” star admitted to police that she made up the whole thing as a way of generating publicity.
As North Carolina’s WECT News reports, police have closed their investigation into Eason after Evans filed a police report alleging he had shot and killed the family dog after it acted aggressively toward the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, scratching the infant’s face. Evans subsequently lost custody of her children due to the incident before eventually regaining custody.
In a statement obtained by ET Canada, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office states that two weeks after the incident, on May 13, a search warrant was executed on Eason’s home. Authorities report they found “no blood evidence or any other physical evidence to validate that an animal had been fatally injured on the property.”
During an interview with Evans, police say she changed her original story, now claiming she fabricated her allegation that Eason shot the dog as a way of generating publicity.
“Jenelle advised that ‘She don’t know where the dog is.’ She also advised that ‘I don’t know if she was shot or killed or not,’” the statement reads. “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.”
Due to the lack of evidence and Evans’ admission that she made up the story, Eason won’t be facing any charges.
“The evidence collected indicates that the allegations of animal cruelty were fabricated,” the statement adds. “Therefore, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is closing this investigation. No charges will be filed in this case.”
On May 1, Evans, 27, shared a photo of herself and the dog, Nugget, saying she was “heartbroken” that the dog is “gone forever.”
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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 😓😪💔
Eason seemingly confirmed he killed Nugget in an Instagram post (which he subsequently deleted), writing, “I dont give a damn what animal bites my baby on the face… 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 added: “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 [sic] or not a animal is a danger to MY CHILD is ME.”