Details of Huckabee Son’s Dog Torture Episode Coming Out


David Huckabee’s mug shot after his April, 2007 weapons arrest in Little Rock

UPDATE: January 2015 – Testing the waters for another presidential run, Mike Huckabee — whose son tortured and killed a dog — has sought attention by criticizing the Obamas’ parenting skills. Click here…

The White House has boarded its share of unsavory family members of occupants. During Pres. George H.W. Bush’s term, no doubt coke was snorted in the hallowed halls by his sons and their friends. Everyone still remembers what it was like when Billy Bob Carter came to town. And the daughters of today’s Pres. Bush could not be considered boring.

But if Mike Huckabee makes it to Pennsylvania Avenue, should we expect Michael Vick to sleep in the Lincoln bedroom?

David Huckabee “admitted to catching a stray dog during their summer session at Camp Pioneer in Hatfield, AR, and hanging the dog by his neck, slitting his throat and stoning him to death”

Huckabee’s eldest and tubbiest son, David, would have made Vick proud when he was 18 and fired from his Boy Scout counseling job for torturing and killing a stray dog. David most recently made headlines when he was arrested for forgetting about the Glock pistol in his bag at the Little Rock airport.

But a few years earlier, when his dad was still governor, Big Boy was in a different kind of trouble. Corrente has been all over this story but the site is down now, probably due to excessive hits. This is from the Crooks & Liars quote from Corrente:

Here’s the barebones story of how 18-year-old Mike Huckabee’s son, David, and 17-year-old Clayton Frady killed a dog when they were Boy Scouts, and got fired for it. From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in 1998 (as quoted in DogBlog):

[David Huckabee,] the younger son of Gov. Mike Huckabee and another teen were fired last month from jobs at a Boy Scout camp after the killing of a stray dog.[..]

So, how and why did David Huckabee (and Clayton Frady) kill the dog?

The original story isn’t clear in the lead (the admissions and the details come as you read down). Still from the Democrat Gazette:

The dog was killed [passive voice] July 11 at Camp Pioneer near Hatfield.[..]

I believe the following is the faxed description of the “particular process.” It’s on a reputable site, Utopia Animal Rescue, which is run by, of all people, Kinky Freidman:

(Miller County, Arkansas) Two boy scout counselors, 17 year old Clayton Frady and 18 year old David litickabee [sic], the son of Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, have admitted to catching a stray dog during their summer session at Camp Pioneer in Hatfield, AR, and hanging the dog by his neck, slitting his throat and stoning him to death.

Corrente attributes the strange spelling of David’s last name to the fact that the original information was received by fax, then likely scanned into a word processing program.

The site also disputes David’s attempts to whitewash the killing by explaining that the dog had mange and was emaciated. Apparently the idea of feeding and bathing instead of torturing it were not considered. Possibly this is the reason that in his dismissal camp officials said Boy Scouts are kind, and David Huckabee wasn’t.

Newsweek also detailed how, within months, Gov. Huckabee fired the prosecutor who filed animal cruelty charges against his son.

The incident…also prompted the local prosecuting attorney — bombarded with complaints generated by a national animal-rights group — to write a letter to the Arkansas state police seeking help investigating whether David and another teenager had violated state animal-cruelty laws. The state police never granted the request, and no charges were ever filed. But John Bailey, then the director of Arkansas’s state police, tells NEWSWEEK that Governor Huckabee’s chief of staff and personal lawyer both leaned on him to write a letter officially denying the local prosecutor’s request. Bailey, a career officer who had been appointed chief by Huckabee’s Democratic predecessor, said he viewed the lawyer’s intervention as improper and terminated the conversation.

Seven months later, he was called into Huckabee’s office and fired. “I’ve lost confidence in your ability to do your job,” Bailey says Huckabee told him. One reason Huckabee cited was “I couldn’t get you to help me with my son when I had that problem,” according to Bailey. “Without question, [Huckabee] was making a conscious attempt to keep the state police from investigating his son,” says I. C. Smith, the former FBI chief in Little Rock, who worked closely with Bailey and called him a “courageous” and “very solid” professional.

Huckabee called Bailey’s account “totally untrue” and described him as a “bitter” exemployee. “I asked him to resign because he had so alienated the entire state police,” he said. “It had nothing to do with my son.”

David, who was named Arkansas State University’s 2001 Homecoming King, is now married and sometimes lists his occupation as a mortgage broker.

74 Responses »

  1. GarryInNola December 18, 2007 @ 10:45 am

    Sort of reminds me of the characters in Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

  2. Ethel December 18, 2007 @ 12:46 pm

    This man should become Michael Vick’s roommate in jail. Christians like Huckabee are making America sick and God cry.

  3. Kevin December 18, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

    With Christians like Huckabee, who needs sinners?

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  6. GOPHater December 19, 2007 @ 9:05 am

    Typical religious upbringing.

  7. blakmira December 20, 2007 @ 7:14 pm

    I was brought up “religious” and when I was 18 years old, I never once thought of hanging a dog by the throat from a railing, slitting his throat, then stoning him to death. That is REALLY out there.

    Religion apparently had nothing to do with this psychopath dog-killer raised by a “minister”… Huckabee should definitely stop talking about his “Christian values” because his actions & the skeletons in his closet speak much louder than symbols of crosses!

  8. Bets December 26, 2007 @ 12:21 pm

    You forgot to mention all the unsavory characters in Comrad Clintons past and the way she and her husband rented out the Lincoln bedroom like it was a rent-by-the-hour motel.

  9. frank December 27, 2007 @ 5:10 am

    the apple doesn’t usually fall far from the tree, you know.

  10. Markagelo January 1, 2008 @ 11:16 am

    Yikes & this guy
    is a mortgage broker !!

  11. Court of Progressive Justice January 4, 2008 @ 3:04 am

    EVILgelicals / evangeliKKKals must be stopped at any cost…

  12. Court of Progressive Justice January 4, 2008 @ 3:19 am

    These Fuckers think in terms of David slew Goliath literary and figuratively …

  13. Dixie Cameron January 5, 2008 @ 3:05 pm

    This has nothing to do with religon. To use that argument is ignorant. But this is a sick act for sure and changes my view of Huckabee. If he can’t do any better runing his owm house hold I sure don’t want him as my President. Leadership? Na, can’t control his own child, or should I say punk! That guy is scary looking!

  14. Marilyn Wilson January 6, 2008 @ 9:02 am


  15. ALICE January 6, 2008 @ 10:22 am


  16. Marie January 6, 2008 @ 12:43 pm

    Did you notice that when Fuckabee was on stage after winning the Iowa caucus, not one member of his family was with him? Only Chuck “My plastic surgeon really messed up my face” Norris was there. Could it be he didn’t want any reporter asking his white trash piece of shit of a son about the dog slaughter?
    And leave it to Bets to bring up the Clintons. I don’t seem to recall Hillary or Bill ever harming an animal. But, but, but the Clintons…….

  17. SUSAN ZAPOLSKI January 6, 2008 @ 2:52 pm

    Now i know i’am not voting for him.If he can overlook what his son did to a animal then who knows what he;ll do in office. PETS are god’s to.

  18. Dax Gorham January 6, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

    A killer who also tortures the helpless humans seems mostly to start with a poor dog. I think we will be hearing about this person again, and it will not be good news1

  19. Karen M Hionas January 6, 2008 @ 8:23 pm

    I’m just sick and tired of all this animal abuse! They feel pain just like we do! The have emotions as well!
    Just sickning!

  20. There is no doubt that this man should undergo psychological counseling, it is not NORMAL to torture animals for fun.

  21. Cate January 7, 2008 @ 6:31 pm

    This would not have been an isolated incident.

  22. Debbie In California January 7, 2008 @ 6:56 pm

    Christian? I could call myself a “car” but that wouldn’t make it true. I cannot even print what I think about Huck-a-bee and his son but all you have to do is replace the “H” with an “F” and you have it.

  23. Misty January 8, 2008 @ 7:58 am

    Christian? How can he call himself a Christian and condone animal cruelty?!?!? You can rest assured that he will NOT get my vote!

  24. mindy775 January 9, 2008 @ 11:40 am

    I find this disturbing…very disturbing.
    I don’t like Huckabee. I don’t like his eyes. I never even once considered voting for him, even against Hilary the Marxist Dragon lady….Arkanas gave us AL-Gore, who himself posed as the “great prolife conservative” way back before he invented the internet and saved us from the evils of global warming. There is no way I believe Huckabee is a real conservative any more then I believe Rev. Phelps is a real man.

    This is just horrible.


  25. joao January 9, 2008 @ 11:46 am

    this is like a worst that coward…

  26. Cathy Shelley January 9, 2008 @ 11:53 am

    I certainly am not voting for his father. This makes me sick.

  27. Madison January 9, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

    Corrections: Al Gore is from Tennessee. Hillary Clinton is not a Marxist but rather a strong advocate of regulatory capitalism, which is the system the United States has operated under for more than a century.

    You are correct about Huckabee’s eyes, however. They are cold and dead.

  28. Lauren Northcutt January 9, 2008 @ 4:19 pm

    This is so fucked up!! Why would anyone feel the need to do something like that to an animal!?? This son of a bitch deserves the worst out of life I hope he has a misarible life! And if I ever get the chance to meet him face to face I will fuck him up and that is no threat!!!!

  29. Susan January 10, 2008 @ 12:57 pm

    Well, he just lost another vote. Apparently this kid wasn’t taught to respect animals during his upbringing, something obviously not important in the Huckabee home. If you have no respect or compassion for an animal, how can you have respect and compassion for any other living creatures? Sorry, Huck. You’ve just been crossed off my list.

  30. The Voice January 11, 2008 @ 7:11 pm

    Remember that Huckabee said while pointing at the bird he just shot,”This is what will happen to you if you don’t vote for me.” It says something about this chipmunk-toothed, bug-eyed, snake oil salesmen.

  31. Sara January 12, 2008 @ 3:23 pm

    The apple falls, in fact, very very close to the tree.

    I’ve linked to two YouTube videos showing Huck suggest

    A. his competition for president should think about “laying in a warm bathtub and slitting their wrists with razors”

    and B. joking about shooting down those who don’t agree with him. Video complete with images of Huck hunting birds and brandishing a gun at them.

    Hmmm, that’s inspirational!


  32. Sara January 12, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

    The Voice — didn’t read your comment until after writing mine. See you’ve already found the gun brandishing video!

  33. Rosemary January 13, 2008 @ 10:07 pm

    I am a Christian and a Republican. I must say I wasn’t crazy about Huckabee but now that I have heard and read about the incident with his son. I for sure am NOT voting for him. These things don’t happen in a vacuum. For the one thing we hear about, how many more have we not heard about. Sure I don’t know all the facts, but I know enough to know that I will not vote for Huckabee. Do you also notice how when we see snippets where his wife is in the picture. They don’t hold hands, or have a supportive arm around one another? Things that make you wanna go hummmmm?

  34. deb January 17, 2008 @ 2:06 pm

    I have an article from a friend who was threatened by huckabee for trying to get something done about his porn(taken by him) and his sexual molestation of his daughter.
    anyone want to lknow more let me know and I’ll email the article.

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  36. Rich February 10, 2008 @ 7:17 pm

    I have 10 dogs, and no children. I shudder at the thought of inhumane treatment to animals, in particular domesticated animals. I in no way would ever approve of poor treatment of animals. However, to lay the blame for Mike Huckabee’s son’s actions on Mike Huckabee is no more fair than doing the same thing to any other parent. I have known countless situations where parents did a marvelous job raising several kids but for unknown reasons, one turns out bad. How does one explain this? You can’t very well lay the whole blame on the parents. In some cases, the parents may be overly strict causing a backlash. I have seen that too. I have personally met Mike and he is a respectable man. To those of you who have never met him, you can make all the accusations and inuendos you want. That does not make them hold water. I find it interesting though that with all the unusual deaths of people who had connection with the Clintons that more fuss is made about the death of a dog. I am always amazed at the finger pointing when it comes to animals but God forbid if anyone talks about the millions of deaths of unborn children. I guess that is ok, huh?

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  38. Stacey March 9, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    Rich, perhaps it is not fair to blame the parent for the actions of the child. BUT it is certainly fair to the parent accountable for trying to use his position of power to hide the son’s actions. That speaks directly to Mike Huckabee’s character.

  39. Thali April 1, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    Rich how many cats do you have? You sound like a horder. Being mentally handicapped yourself you would think it’s okay to torture an animal to death and sweep it under the rug. The Clintons were persecuted for 8 years and nothing other than a blow job was ever found. Ken Starr spend millions in tax payer dollars and found NOTHING!

  40. Ron Burgundy December 17, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

    Interesting to note that so many of these psychos come from super religious backgrounds. HELLO!! Religion solves NOTHING!! Religion and differences in one religion vs another are the root cause of every single major war, genocide and terrorist act in modern history. Wake up people.

  41. San Antonio Lawyer November 12, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

    If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reason. – CS Lewis

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  43. Jeffery July 29, 2014 @ 8:19 pm

    I also work at this camp and I can say there was more to it than just killing a dog. He was a part of a secret organization know for cruelty both to animals and hazing before it was illegal and I know that he was told to do it to join the organization

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  45. War Blur January 14, 2015 @ 10:21 am

    but BEYONCE’, y’all!

  46. grief January 15, 2015 @ 11:43 pm

    Torturing and killing small helpless animals is a major indicator requires to diagnose sociopaths and psychoaths. They have no conscience and do as they please, with not a care in the world. A powerful parent who can prevent their child from suffering any negative consequences only ups the chances. It gives permission to continue just as usual. Like “it was just a little sick dog” bs.

  47. fart fuckabee January 16, 2015 @ 3:30 am

    I hate over privilege s.o.b most religious people are I cant stand them we don’t need a over zelles religious nut as the president in office we will probably get
    rusty the dead cat as the first pet

  48. Liz Mali January 16, 2015 @ 3:55 pm

    Mike Huckabee will NEVER be president of the United States. Not in 2016, not EVER.

  49. Fido January 16, 2015 @ 5:49 pm

    I bet Mike says it was God’s Will his son killed the dog.

  50. Jain January 16, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

    He needs to be tortured just as he tortured the dog. He is scum. U don’t torture God’s beloved creatures. This isn’t being christian. It is the work of the devil.

  51. Sally Sinden January 17, 2015 @ 12:30 pm

    First of all, no one named Huckabee could ever be elected President of the United States of America. Can you even imagine hearing that? President Mike Huckabee…We’re already the laughing stock of most european territories. As far as his ignorant son is concerned, I totally agree with the post that said he should have got the cell next to Michael Vick. Personally,I would have liked to see him stoned, his throat slit, and hung to die in public…maybe also transmitted on cable TV, but that would be too good for this ignorant Christian monster.

  52. GladImnotarepublican January 17, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

    Total asshole! And a sick father that condones it

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  55. Cliff January 18, 2015 @ 3:20 pm

    While the animal torture is terrible ( that’s the way jeffery dahlmer got started ) the real pertinent issue is the way that huckabilly handled it . He is truly a repuglikkkan thug . He hid the charges and fired the people who were doing their job . Just what we need in the presidency !!! I have known may baptist preachers sons ( I was raised baptist , escaped at 16 ) most were incorrigible .

  56. Mark January 19, 2015 @ 11:11 am

    Too bad the the statute of limitations is up on Mike Huckabee – he should have charged with tampering with an investigation. the fact that this moron fired both the prosecutor and the Director of the State Police proves that this guy had more to do with this situation than he is willing to admit to. In CT this would never be tolerated – we sent former Governor to jail once already and he is about to go back again for a different charge.

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  58. northierthanthou January 19, 2015 @ 5:17 pm

    Damned disturbing one way or another. Hard not to hate a man for doing something like that.

  59. Arkansas Resident January 19, 2015 @ 7:59 pm

    Also its a case of he said she said with the state police as Huckabee took it upon himself to have EVERY hard drive in the governors office destroyed beyond retrieval when he left office.

  60. Balanced Brain January 19, 2015 @ 11:08 pm

    He doesn’t look like homecoming King material either – more like something out of Deliverance!

  61. Hypocrites January 20, 2015 @ 7:26 am

    Bad parenting or just a power trip?

  62. Holly January 20, 2015 @ 9:04 am

    Huckabee has been living in a very fragile glass house and he’s been throwing a lot of huge friggin stones over the year. Sasha and Malia Obama will probably grow up to be outstanding women who make great contributions to society like Amy Carter and Chelsea Clinton.

  63. wscott January 20, 2015 @ 12:33 pm

    more proof that we are euthing and sterilizing the wrong species!!

  64. carl walker January 20, 2015 @ 2:45 pm

    You sir are a hypocritical asshole who will never become POTUS because a blind man can see you’re full of shit. You mock Beyonce and J Z for their music ,and you have the audacity to criticize the way the Obamas raise their children. Shame on you, what about that fat boy that you raised. Also your appearance as Ted Nuggent’s Bass player was disgraceful. You stood on stage with an avowed American hating good old boy , and appeared quite happy. Get your son some treatment,remind Ted that he promised us that if Obama won the presidency, he’d either be Dead or in Jail, we true American Veterans who have actually fought in wars defending this country,want him to keep his promise.

  65. RJ DeLorso January 20, 2015 @ 5:22 pm

    OK How can Anyone Take this GOMER PYLE LOOK ALIKE SERIOUSLY. Really Look Closely He’s the Spitin image of F..Kin Gomer PYLE His Son a POS As He Is. With Radical Christian Values Oh Boy Yeah Right .What a Hypercrite Hey This is CHUCKY NORRIS Boy and we all Know what a GLORY HOLE LOVER He Is LOL

  66. Terry Totten January 20, 2015 @ 8:44 pm

    Hatfield, AR is in Polk County . I live n Mena, AR, just 10 miles from there. I do not like Mike Huckabee, he has a show on Fox. Wow, the stuff that comes out of that mouth.

  67. Lucy T January 22, 2015 @ 8:18 am

    You silly liberals. Wasting all of this energy on Huck (who, by the way, doesn’t stand a chance of becoming President), and attacking children of other conservatives, when our own President’s daughter instagrams herself wearing a t-shirt promoting a rap group that sings about killing cops. Too funny.

  68. Jake N January 22, 2015 @ 6:49 pm

    Had not heard this before so it was interesting to come across this article. Funny he has opinions on other parents when this is in his closet. Hypocrite. Huckabee is the kind of ‘Christian’ that keeps people out of church.

    I do think your use of ‘tubbiest’ to describe his son was juvenile and uncalled for.

  69. Madison January 23, 2015 @ 8:58 am

    Because the Bush girls were such saints. And remember that when Poppy Bush was president, his fully grown son, George W., the future president, did cocaine at Camp David, according to his sister-in-law.

  70. Sage January 23, 2015 @ 4:43 pm

    If MH shoots and kills birds, he has no respect for wildlife, and that is what his kids learned in that home. Yet he thinks by making this whole country abide by his Christian concepts it will be a better place. Not even close.

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  72. Robert C June 24, 2015 @ 9:04 am

    This is a picture of a psychopath. Ideally, I would order that David Huckabee be put to death for his torture and murder of an innocent, defenseless dog. And if his asshole religious nutcase of a father thinks that he is going to be President, he is delusional. This is a very disturbing family and I hope that most Americans will see the Huckabees for what they are: pure garbage!

  73. Mary Melcher October 14, 2015 @ 3:33 pm

    No doubt that thing he spawned could convince a man to have himself sterilized, but this piece is nonsense–a smear piece irrelevant to Mike Huckabee. Mr. Huckabee is never going to be the president of the United States anymore than Trump or Carson or the twit from Texas is. Every family has at least one idiot—even those of successful presidents.

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