Jenelle Evans’ husband David Eason has confirmed that he killed their family dog after it bit their daughter, Ensley Jolie, 2.
When news broke that Eason shot the dog earlier this year, immediately the backlash started.
“It was a situation where my daughter, her health, her safety was in danger,” Eason told People.
“This was something that nobody wants to ever have to do. The dog was aggressive. Yes, 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,” said Eason, 31. “If you give the dog up for adoption, one day it’s going to be around children again.”
Eason then added, “If you call the authorities at that point, the law says the dog has to be euthanized. I’m not going to pay anyone to euthanize my dog when I could do it myself.”
“I mean, I loved that dog. 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 like I said it was not something I wanted to do.”
The “Teen Mom” alum said that she never wanted the incident to get out as it was a “private family issue that happened within our household.”
She then defended Eason’s actions using the lifestyle he was raised in as an excuse.
“David has grown up in the country lifestyle — he hunts, he fishes. The way he was raised is really different than a lot of other places. We understand that people are scared of the whole gun thing, [but] they just don’t understand it from David’s perspective,” Evans said.
She added, “His father taught him, ‘Don’t let any animal hurt you’ … and he just thought what he was doing was best.”
Eason then said, “I’m sorry, I didn’t realize how bad it was going to hurt everyone.“
Although when asked if it would have been better to re-home the dog, both agreed that is wouldn’t have been.
Eason said, “I don’t think the dog should have been re-homed, no. Regardless of what I did, the dog would have been euthanized. … The law says if you don’t euthanize a dog that bites somebody, within a reasonable amount of time, you are held liable for neglect.”