Star of MTV’s “Teen Mom,” Jenelle Evans, is under fire from fans of the show and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). What did the troubled mom do THIS time? She took her frustrations and anger about what was going on in her life on her dog.
Evans had just said goodbye to her boyfriend, Nathan Griffith, as he trotted off to serve a 30-day jail sentence for his THIRD, count them, 1 – 2 – 3, DUI. In addition, she had to babysit her son Jace who lives with her mother because she doesn’t have custody of him. She is also pregnant with her second child. On top of taking care of her own dog, she had to take care of Nathan’s dog too. I know, boo-hoo cry us a river your life is so damn hard.
She reached her boiling point (which doesn’t take much if you have ever seen the show you know this) and was filmed screaming at the two dogs, dragging Nathan’s dog across the floor by the collar and then shoving the two dogs into one tiny dog crate. She was even shown letting Nathan’s dog loose in her front yard, saying she didn’t care if he ever came back.
Fans took to Twitter to express their outrage and alert PETA as to what they had just seen.
PETA acted swiftly and penned the following letter directly to Jenelle and posted it on their website:
“Dear Ms. Evans:
I’m writing to you today from PETA, the world’s largest animal rights organization, with more than 3 million members and supporters worldwide. We have been inundated with complaints from viewers about the treatment of your dogs as profiled on last night’s Teen Mom. Viewers can see that as much as you want to do the right thing for your dogs, you have so much going on in your life that you have neither the time nor the patience to give them what they need. They are full of feelings and needs, just as you are, and when you scream at them, it clearly frightens and upsets them. This poster may help you see what we mean. We urge you to be strong and do what’s right: Please immediately make the commitment to finding them a new, suitable home where they are not kept in crates and punished and yelled at for relieving themselves.
You may not have realized that keeping your dogs crated for long periods of time deprives them of everything that is natural and important to them. Dogs must be able to go outside to relieve themselves often and regularly, and they need space in which to walk, run, and stretch out. It appears that your dogs don’t even have enough space in their crates to stand up properly—in fact, they can barely turn around, let alone stretch out. Can you imagine what this must feel like? Dogs who are caged for extended periods of time usually end up aggressive, withdrawn, hyperactive, and/or severely depressed, and they can also develop other medical issues, such as muscle atrophy and coprophagia, meaning that they will eat their own waste in order to avoid lying in it. Please understand that dogs are not toys or amusements or possessions just to have around. They are highly social pack animals, who crave the company of people and other dogs. They deserve to be taken for long walks, allowed to play in the park, and treated as valued family members, not inconveniences in a busy life. The Spartanburg Humane Society can find a more suitable home for these dogs, and PETA can help you if you wish by providing immediate transportation. For the dogs’ sake, please accept the humane society’s help. You will feel relieved and happy that you’ve been responsible and done right by them, rather than continuing in this way. If you have any questions, please contact me at MerrileeB@peta.org or 323-210-2265. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration. We look forward to hearing from you.
Merrilee Burke –PETA”
Jenelle explained herself to MTV news staff saying, “What I learned from this experience is that you always need to be two steps ahead,” when speaking about the incident. “You need to have your dogs trained well, and they need to listen to you as owners.”
When she was asked what advice she would give to other pet owners she said “They should definitely make sure they can handle it — it is not as easy as it seems — and make sure to start out with one dog first, not two. What I usually do before I get a pet is go on Google and search for different breeds and see how they are around children — you want to make sure they are going to get along with all your family members.”
Jenelle also brought up children & pets. “You need to show your kids how many times you take the dogs out a day,” said Jenelle. “They need to appreciate you taking out the dog, so they know what it is like before they decide to get an animal for themselves. Kids can’t take care of pets by themselves, so if you get your child an animal, you need to be prepared to take care of it too.”
She says she regrets the way she handled things with her dog stating “He’s so loyal, so protective, he’s kind of goofy, and he’s so clumsy and dopey. He’s definitely part of the family.”