"I'm not going to pay anyone to euthanize my dog when I could do it myself," Eason argues.
Long assumed to be fact, former "Teen Mom 2" star Jenelle Evans' husband David Eason has finally confessed to killing their family dog.
It was this act that turned out to be the final straw that cost Evan her gig on the long-running MTV reality series, and started a long battle over custody of her and Eason's children, both with one another and with previous partners.
Eason confirmed the version of events originally reported when Jenelle accused him of killing their bulldog Nugget this past spring. "This was something that nobody wants to ever have to do," he said, and yet he did.
The former reality star says he killed the dog to protect his family. "It was a situation where my daughter, her health, her safety was in danger," Eason told People, referring to two-year-old Ensley.
According to Easley, he made the decision to kill the dog because he feared it was a bite threat to the children. "The dog was aggressive," he said. "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."
And as far as he was concerned, adoption wasn't an option because the dog could then bite or injure another child. "If you call the authorities at that point, the law says the dog has to be euthanized," he continued. "I'm not going to pay anyone to euthanize my dog when I could do it myself."
Calling it a "private family issue," Evans lamented that the story broke wide in the news at all. She also credits Eason's decision to take care of the matter himself as a direct result of his "country lifestyle."
"The way he was raised is really different than a lot of other places. We understand that people ares scared of the whole gun thing, [but] they just don't understand it from David's perspective," she said. "His father taught him, 'Don't let any animal hurt you.'"
She says Eason "just thought what he was doing was best."
"I still think about her every day," Eason said of Nugget. "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 couple says that while David still thinks euthanizing Nugget was their only option, he has acknowledged that he didn't handle things properly at the time.
"I have [forgiven him], and we went to co-parenting counseling sessions -- it's kind of like a marriage session in one," Evans said. "And he's also taken anger management classes ... So I mean, he did do things to try to better himself. We've been working out really well ever since. We got over it."
Evans also says that Eason "didn't realize how big that was going to be if it did get out."
She said, "He also isn't used to social media or being on TV or anything like that. I've been around it since 2009. I know my actions from the past have made me learn not to do those mistakes again. David is learning from everything that is happening.
As an example of how Eason has improved, Evans pointed out that when another of their dogs killed one of their pigs, they re-homed that dog rather than kill it. "So he's even taken the initiative to correct his actions and not repeat the same mistakes he's made before," Evans said.