Columbus County, NC – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) has announced that reality television star Jenelle Evans’ claim that her husband, David Eason, killed her pet dog was nothing more than a publicity stunt.
“David killed my dog Nugget because he snapped at my two-year-old, Ensley,” Evans told US Weekly in May. “He doesn’t put up with that and those are his beliefs…He just took her and shot her in the woods…about two acres away from the house.”
Evans said that she and her children were inside the home when the dog was killed, and that she was considering divorcing him as a result of what happened.
“Thankfully the kids did not see him shoot the dog,” the former “Teen Mom 2” star told ENews.
She also posted a photo of her and the French bulldog on social media, along with a grief-filled post.
“Nugget….I’m crying everyday,” she wrote. “I love you so much and I’m so sorry. I’m speechless…You’re gone forever and there’s no coming back.”
After Evans publicized the incident, Eason shared a video on Instagram that appeared to show the dog snapping at Ensley’s face, ENews reported.
"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,” Eason wrote in the since-deleted post.
“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."
According to the CCSO, Evans also filed a report about the incident, ENews reported.
"[Jenelle] contacted Columbus County Sheriff's Office by public service. [She] advised that on April 29th, at approximately 6:30 pm, her dog bit her daughter, leaving a scratch on her face," the CCSO said in a statement on Thursday.
"[She] advised that her husband, David Eason, threw the dog outside. She then advised that after David realized that the dog scratched their child, he went outside and shot the dog,” the sheriff’s office said. “During this conversation, Jenelle stated that she did hear a gunshot but did not witness the incident."
Investigators searched the couple’s property on May 13, but were unable to find any evidence that the dog had been injured or killed there.
The CCSO contacted her again the following day, at which point she provided a story that was “inconsistent with her original account,” the department noted.
Evans denied having ever heard a gunshot, and that she never “heard or saw anything to indicate that David shot her dog,” police said.
She then told police she wanted them to drop the investigation, and said that no one coerced her into making that decision.
"Jenelle advised that 'she don't know where the dog is,'" the CCSO’s statement continued. "She also advised that 'I don't know if she was shot or killed or not.'”
Investigators found no physical evidence to substantiate her allegations against Eason.
“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,” the department said. "The evidence collected indicates that the allegations of animal cruelty were fabricated. Therefore, Columbus County Sheriff's Office is closing this investigation. No charges will be filed in this case."
The CCSO said that the number of emails and phone calls the department received about the alleged animal cruelty case were “so abundant that individuals had to be removed from their normal duties to answer thousands of redundant calls.”
As a result, normal department operations were slowed, as was the entire investigation.
"Social media can be a great tool when utilized for positive interactions," the CCSO said. "In this case, social media posts were utilized to incite follower's emotions to gain publicity."
Evans took to Twitter to rebuke the CCSO’s statement a short while later.
“These police are crooked AF,” she tweeted on Thursday.
The following day, Evans said that the police were lying, and claimed she never admitted that she made up the story as a publicity stunt.
“This is not true,” she tweeted. “The police called me and asked me if it was a stunt and I told them it WASNT and I didn’t know where my dog was.”
Evans also claimed that it was the CCSO who “begged” her to report the incident in the first place.
“I never filed a police report... the cop begged me to call him back SO I DID,” she tweeted.
Evans said she feels the CCSO “attacked and exploited” her “for no reason,” according to FOX News.
“I honestly think they are doing this for their own publicity because they could have wrote up their 'press release' weeks ago,” she added. “I’ve never in my life dealt with a police department ever 'releasing a press statement' about their investigations.”
Less than a week after Evans went public about the alleged attack on Nugget, she was axed from MTV’s Teen Mom 2, USA Today reported.
The incident also led to her children, ages nine, five, and two, being removed from her care by child protective services.
The court returned the children in July.
Evans said she still has no idea what happened to Nugget.
“You would have to ask David what happened. I was not outside," she said, according to FOX News. "No more details I want to share, just want to move on with my life. This was an incident that should have never went public to begin with."