Soon, more information emerged. On May 1, Jenelle confirmed that Nugget was gone. “Nugget … I’m crying everyday. I love you so much and I’m so sorry. I’m speechless,” she wrote. “You’re gone forever and there’s no coming back.”
“It is my life’s mission,” he continued. “Some people are worth killing or dying for, and my family means that much to me. You can hate me all you want, but this isn’t the first time the dog bit Ensley aggressively.”
Though David implied that he had killed the dog, he also wasn’t explicit — and the family later changed their story. Though Jenelle initially claimed she was considering divorce, she later denied that David had done anything to Nugget.
Though the police report obtained by Radar Online said that Jenelle claimed to have heard a gunshot, she later recanted. “She advised that she never heard or saw anything to indicate that David shot her dog,” the report continued.
“I don’t know what ended up happening to my dog because I wasn’t outside,” she said according to an interview with TMZ. “You would have to ask David [if Nugget is still alive]. I mean, I still have not asked David to this day.”
Though she assumed the dog was dead, she claimed she didn’t know for sure — but eventually admitted that she believed David had shot her. “Yes, I mean, the dog isn’t here,” she said. “I don’t know what happened, and she hasn’t been around since, so I don’t know.”
On September 9, David finally told his side of the story, clarifying that he did in fact kill Nugget. “The dog was aggressive,” he told People. “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.”
Despite that — and his passionate defense of his actions in May — he claimed that he still struggled with the decision. “I loved that dog,” he said while crying. “I still think about her every day. It’s really hard for me.”
Ultimately, he maintained it was what needed to be done for the safety of his family. “This was something that nobody wants to ever have to do,” he said. “It was a situation where my daughter, her health, her safety was in danger.”
“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,” he finished. And despite the hate, Jenelle stands by her man, calling the scandal a “private family issue that happened within our household.”
She claimed it was his nontraditional upbringing that influenced his actions. “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,” she said.
“We understand that people ares scared of the whole gun thing, [but] they just don’t understand it from David’s perspective. … His father taught him, ‘Don’t let any animal hurt you’ … and he just thought what he was doing was best.”