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…

Original article from 2007

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.


  • Hypocrites
    January 20, 2015 - 7:26 am | Permalink

    Bad parenting or just a power trip?

  • Holly
    January 20, 2015 - 9:04 am | Permalink

    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.

  • January 20, 2015 - 12:33 pm | Permalink

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

  • carl walker
    January 20, 2015 - 2:45 pm | Permalink

    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.

  • RJ DeLorso
    January 20, 2015 - 5:22 pm | Permalink

    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

  • Terry Totten
    January 20, 2015 - 8:44 pm | Permalink

    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.

  • Lucy T
    January 22, 2015 - 8:18 am | Permalink

    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.

  • Jake N
    January 22, 2015 - 6:49 pm | Permalink

    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.

  • January 23, 2015 - 4:43 pm | Permalink

    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.

  • glen k
    February 7, 2015 - 3:03 pm | Permalink


  • Robert C
    June 24, 2015 - 9:04 am | Permalink

    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!

  • October 14, 2015 - 3:33 pm | Permalink

    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.

    • Marcia
      June 26, 2018 - 2:07 pm | Permalink

      Times have changed. I wish your prediction about Trump had been correct.

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  • September 10, 2017 - 1:49 pm | Permalink

    You need to know that at times no matter what a parents does is never enough, I have a son like the that! All the help in the world and no a thing a parent can do. You put him in jail comes out will do the same. I gave birth to a sick human, Like that family and many other families we spend a lot….. It is not that we let them get away because you have money or not? It the way the law is, It does not hold a pet as part of the family it is a POSSESSION. In the eyes of the law and till we change that it will be the same way. My son killed many pets that his brother had and a dog I had. Now he is 44 years old and I have not seen him since he pick up a hammer and hit his brother in back of head, My son is fine but gets lots of eye pain. Money has nothing to do with it, It is all you good people who need a better law on the books.

  • March 17, 2018 - 10:19 pm | Permalink

    His son should get the death penalty…he is the lowest scum on the planet and I hope you burn eternally in hell and I am going to laugh. You should have been an abortion you white trash…yes it means you and I hope somebody gets you

  • Kelly
    April 15, 2018 - 6:58 pm | Permalink

    People who abuse animals are likely to escalate and commit crimes against human beings. Fact.

    It makes me sick that this was not pursued in court and was absolved via dirty politics, rather than by due process and sentencing. I would not at all be surprised if he has been arrested for assault crimes against humans and domestic issues since then.

    Laws that define pets as chattel are antiquated and must be changed. Pets are far more important than furniture or inanimate possessions. For example, it is comfy, but I do not have an emotional attachment to my offixe chair or couch, nor responsibilities for its health and welfare – neither can get sick or bleed to death. On the other hand, I absolitely do have a deep emotional attachment to all of my pets, they have feelings and are emotionally attached to me, and I take responsibility for their health and welfare just as I do my human child. Also, if I don’t take care of my pets I can be arrested, but if I destroy or throw out my old furniture that’s fine and nobody gets hurt mentally or physically…because chattel doesn’t feel pain, have emotions or depend on me to live or be happy. There is a big difference between the life and happiness of an animal and furniture.

  • John
    December 25, 2018 - 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Disgusting piece of human trash! Trump Administration just hired those with such scummy attitudes (not the son directly).

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