The untimely death of Nugget, Jenelle Evans' poor little French bulldog, made a whole, whole lot of waves.
And that's because the dog was killed by Jenelle's husband, David Eason.
Or was she? Did David actually kill the dog? Is everything we know a lie?
In the past few days, Jenelle has been talking more and more about what happened, and she's made an even bigger mess of everything, if you can even believe it.
She's made a mess so big, in fact, that she may be facing charges for it.
This is a long, complicated, sometimes infuriating story, all right? So settle in, maybe grab a snack or some tissues or like a stress ball or something, and let's get started.
At the end of April, David shot and killed Nugget, Jenelle's dog, after she allegedly bit Ensley. It was a huge story at the time, and clearly it still is.
After the news of Nugget's death broke, David took to Instagram to explain his side of the story, 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 sh-t at all. I’m all about protecting my family, it is my lifes mission."
Worth Killing For
"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 confirmed the awful news several times in different statements -- like, she said “David killed my dog Nugget because he snapped at my 2-year-old, Ensley. 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.”
She shared countless stories on her social media accounts about how David had killed the dog, she posted a sad story about how devastated she was that the dog was gone and never coming back ... like, we all know what happened.
But since things have been settling down in the past couple of weeks, since the CPS case was closed and her children were returned to her and her local police department closed their investigation into David for animal cruelty (more on that in a minute), her story has been changing.
Yesterday, in a truly maddening interview with TMZ, Jenelle refused to say that David had killed Nugget because apparently she's not sure that that's what happened.
According to this new story, she was inside with all the kids when David went outside with Nugget, and when she was asked if the dog was still alive, she said “I have no idea, you would have to ask David that. I still have not asked David to this day.”
What a Story
“When I came outside, after David went outside with the dog, I walked over to him and he was by the edge of the woods and he said, ‘You don’t want to come over here.’ And I said, ‘Why?’ And he said, ‘Your dog is not here anymore.’ So I assumed that was my dog bein’ dead,” she recounted.
Still though, she insisted that she has no idea what actually happened, and when she was asked about what David said in court during the CPS case, she said “I don’t even remember! They asked so many questions, I have no idea!”
It's such a weird twist to this whole story, right? But hold on, because it's about to get even weirder.
Also this week, the Columbus County Sheriff's Office released a lengthy statement about the case of animal cruelty against David that raised even more questions.
The Plot Thickens!
According to the statement, Jenelle was the one who originally notified police of Nugget's death -- the day David killed her, Jenelle called police to tell them what happened. She said that the dog bit Ensley, David threw her outside, and that she did hear a gunshot but she didn't witness the shooting.
Changing Her Tune?
In the days after, police did a welfare check on Kaiser, as requested by Nathan Griffith, and kept trying to contact Jenelle, but she wouldn't answer the phone or return their calls. On May 13th, they searched Jenelle's home, but they didn't find anything incriminating.
The next day, Jenelle finally spoke with them, and she told them a new story -- she never heard a gun shot, she didn't know what happened to Nugget, and (this is the big one), she "stated that the reason she filed the animal cruelty report was for the publicity."
“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," read the statement.
Not So Fast
Nope, sorry -- there's still a whole, whole lot to this latest chapter of this story.
After the sheriff's statement was released, Jenelle told us here at The Hollywood Gossip that many parts of that statement were false -- she said “I never made a report against David in the first place."
She said that the first time she spoke with police was after they called her to tell her that they'd gotten tons of phone calls about Nugget, and that if the whole thing was a publicity stunt, then to just let them know and they'd "close the case."
She told us “When I responded I told him, ‘Yes, what you heard is true about my dog. 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.'”
Curiouser and Curiouser
“I told them I hear gunshots all the time at my house and my neighbor down the road even shoots his cannon sometimes. 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 (Ensley, Kaiser, and Maryssa). Maryssa even got on stand in court, with the CPS case, and testified that the story of the dog did in fact happen. Not sure why the police would lie about this entire investigation.”
Turning the Tables?
She also told us that the investigation was actually closed a month ago, and that "I honestly think they are doing this for their own publicity because they could have wrote up their ‘press release’ weeks ago." She added that "I feel very attacked and exploited for no reason."
Back to Court?
Over on Instagram, she claimed that she has an appointment with her lawyer next week to discuss everything, because “They say I falsified a police report butttt they decided to not press charges? That sounds weird.”
As it turns out, she may have spoken too soon about the powers that be deciding not to press charges.
The Real Story
After the sheriff's office official statement was released and everybody heard about the new theory that Jenelle called the police about Nugget for publicity, lots of people thought she should be charged with filing a false police report, but a spokesperson for the sheriff's office told a local news station, WWAY, that “the elements to charge for that were not met.”
However, the station also reached out to District Attorney Jon David, who told them that “Prosecutors from my office will be meeting with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office next week to review the evidence. “I am (unable) to forecast what decisions will be made at that juncture.”
So is there a possibility that Jenelle could be charged now? Yep, looks like it!
But before you get too excited that a tiny bit of justice may be served in this whole sad, sorry story, remember that it's also possible that nothing will happen at all, or that even if she does get charged, she won't face any consequences.
After all, she never does. Ever.
What an absolute disaster, right?