MTV’s “Teen Mom 2” Dog Killed in Mauling Incident

A whole lot of things went wrong here. Are you as livid over this preventable tragedy as I am?
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“Large dog attacks small dog, and fatality results.”

Reading those words is hard. Writing them is even harder. But witnessing it is perhaps one of the most brutal visual nightmares one can experience. Thankfully, I did not witness the act, but I was privy to part of it, and so were millions of other unsuspecting television viewers of Teen Mom 2 on MTV.

The backstory

Having grown up in the days of hair bands and glam rockers showcasing their latest videos on this channel, it has been quite a culture shock for me to see “reality” shows such as Teen Mom 2 being broadcast on a music channel.

Though I do not watch a lot of television, I have select shows I cannot miss. One of my guilty pleasures has become Teen Mom 2. The series focuses on four young girls who became pregnant during their teen years and the struggles that ensue during pregnancy and while raising a baby. I find the show to be very realistic, raw, and ripe with emotional turmoil that (I hope) affects the psyche of young girls tuning in. Use birth control or this will happen to you, seems to be the undercurrents of the show.

The incident

One of the four featured cast members is a South Dakota native, Chelsea Houska. Since giving birth to adorable daughter Aubree, Houska’s life has been fraught with emotional challenges. She quit high school when she was pregnant, her on again/off again relationship with the baby’s father has been played out, and she struggles with what is best for her daughter (and herself) as the cameras roll.

On the day Houska is scheduled to take her final GED practice test, she is running late. Her small dogs, Frankie and Pixie, need to pee, so she lets the dogs outside, both off leash, to do their business. As she does, Houska walks around chatting on her cell phone, baby Aubree on her hip. Her frustration level climbs, as she is in a hurry, trying to gather her dogs back into the house, but they refuse to come back. She manages to get Pixie into her truck and shuts the door behind him.

Frankie is not so lucky. The little French Bulldog is seen traipsing around different yards, Houska following, chatting on the phone, and upset that she cannot get Frankie back into the house. She’s in a hurry, after all!

The dog disappears and within a matter of seconds, the worst happens. Houska gasps and the camera cuts away. After the commercial break, we learn the dog was being attacked by a neighbor’s larger dog. Houska is visibly upset and calls police, who tell her there is not much they can do. A distraught Houska breaks down and calls her supportive father.

“Every time I go to my test, something happens,” Chelsea weeps to her father.” Her dad, in turn, agrees with the bigger dog’s owner that if his daughter had Frankie on a leash, none of this would have happened. He also points out that Aubree could have been the one who was murdered.

My Reaction

I am livid.

Beyond the anger I feel for this girl’s lack of thought at not leashing her dogs to take them outside as she rushed to take her GED, I am livid for other reasons.

Why did the camera people not intervene? I always wonder these things when cameras roll and totally disturbing things happen. Who was filming it? And was it set up? I wonder to myself. This was no setup: A dog was mauled.

I wanted reality, and I got it, and now I have no idea what to do with it. We all make mistakes, right? We all do something we wished we did not do, right? This is so disturbing.

Why is a girl who is struggling to make ends meet while attempting to get her GED (she later passed) and raise an infant daughter even wanting to have dogs in the first place?

In December, Houska tweeted, “I’m gonna be single for life. That moment when you listen to ‘love songs’ and nobody pops into your mind.”

Tweet what you want, ramble about the misgivings and unfortunate life of emptiness you feel, but watch your dog, for crying out loud. I want to curse, I want to scream, I want to be the person behind the camera who stops rolling and picks up the helpless dog.

I am livid, and a little dog is dead because of a hurried teen mom. She made one mistake, and I give her credit for owning it and attempting to better her life.

I am chided now and again to stop referring to my dog as my kid. Maybe if more folks viewed their dogs as they do their kids, horrific incidents like this would not happen. And camera crews would drop the equipment and help a frantic young girl find her lost dog. If that were Aubree running loose toward the big dog, would they have stopped rolling then? I shake my head and wonder.

What do you think? At this point, I am livid and at a loss for further words. Lights, camera, … now someone take action. Please.

4 thoughts on “MTV’s “Teen Mom 2” Dog Killed in Mauling Incident”

  1. Theres so much misinformation in this article. Yes if the dog was on a leash this could have been prevented. The other dog's name is Darla, not Pixie. Chelsea was not on the phone the whole time but only called her mom for help after several attempts to get her dog back in the house. The police said if the dog had been on a leash it would still be alive, not the big dogs owner. The dad did not agree with the police, he said everyone's dog gets away from them at some point. The rest of Chelsea's life has nothing to do with this one mistake she made to not put her dog on a leash to let it out pee while running late. I'm sure she felt terrible and really regretted that decision and doesnt need people insulting her and judging her for it. And saying she shouldn't have dogs because shes a teen mom, getting her GED and "struggling to make ends meet"??? How do those things equate to not being aloud to own pets? People make mistakes but that doesnt mean they are bad people. This whole article is ignorant. I understand being angry at a preventable situation but attacking all aspects of this girls life for it is rediculous. Write about how to prevent this kind of situation in the future and show your sympathy for this girls loss as she was obviously extremely upset over it. That would have been way more helpful than this judgemental piece of work.

  2. How ignorant are you Sandra? It would have stopped the attack because the dog wouldn’t have been able to run away if it was on a leash. Her comments would have been the same if she had treated her child in the same way. It was harrowing to see something so preventable happen to a poor helpless dog. How is that judgemental or disgusting?

    1. Its judgemental because of the comments about how she shouldn't even want dogs because shes a teen mom getting her GED and "struggling to make ends meet". Those things have nothing to do with making a mistake and not putting your dog on a leash. Even a rich adult person with no kids and a full education can make the same mistake and even be a terrible pet owner.

  3. This is such a disgusting article. How would the dog being on a leash have stopped the attack ? what would your comments be if the child was attacked ?her child shouldnt be walking past ? shes not “trying to make ends meet”. Her father supports her. Don’t know what her income has to do with her dog being attacked. Your judgmental attitude is beyond disgusting!

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