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'Jon & Kate Plus 8' star Jon Gosselin defends himself against animal cruelty allegations

Jonkate Jon Gosselin, the embattled star of TLC's reality series "Jon & Kate Plus 8," has a new problem on his hands: defending himself against allegations that his two dogs are abused.

In a recent interview with People magazine, Gosselin apparently intended to sing the praises of the German shepherds, Shoka and Nala, by saying that they put up with a lot from the eight Gosselin children (8-year-old twins and 5-year-old sextuplets). "Those kids beat them up, climb on them, pull their tails, bite at them, drag them around and everything you can imagine not to do to an animal, they've done," Gosselin told the magazine.  PeoplePets explains what happened next:

It wasn't long before the Humane Society of Berks County, Pa., where the Gosselins live, received about a dozen complaints from animal activists around the country, prompting Gosselin to release a statement Friday to the organization about the care of his animals.

"I'd like to set the record straight," he said. "We understand the responsibilities of being good dog owners. Whenever my kids are with Shoka and Nala, everyone is carefully supervised to ensure that no one -- dog or child -- is injured. Shoka and Nala are loyal companions who we consider members of our family. We would never do anything to hurt them, and treat them with the respect and love that they deserve."

Karel I. Minor, executive director of the Humane Society of Berks County, told the Reading Eagle that his group had looked into the complaints, but found "no credible reason to believe in way that there is cruelty going on."  Shoka and Nala were both properly licensed, Minor said, and a Gosselin family representative had agreed to forward the dogs' vaccination records to the agency.

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Jon and Kate Gosselin. Credit: Associated Press

 
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Oh come on are these parents so unaware of their responsibilities they cannot even send their own pets records to the agency requesting it. Goodness.
Let's all hope they have kept up on their children's vaccinations and health needs.
These people are so self-involved and selfish it is funny if it weren't so sad.

Not a huge JK8 fan, but come on. Everyone knows that is what happens with kids and pets. It happens with kids on kids too. My dog is another child of mine. My 22 month old thinks it's funny to do all the above mentioned by
Jon. And I'm sure Jon tries to stop the madness just as I do. But it DOES occure. Jon stop the show already. Crap like this is going to continue. Everything you do will offend at least one person somewhere somehow.

Good grief! Can someone please give that poor man a break? Everyone with kids knows that they have to learn how to interact with animals. They may be unintentionally rough at first, but must be shown to treat them with respect and love. I can only be thankful that my own dog did not run for the hills when my kids were little.

Is it not enough that his own wife treats him like dirt? Let's just pick him to death over every non-issue.

This is so ridiculous. Everything they say now is an issue. No one said a damn thing years before when they thought everything was great! This is the 5th year.

Now that things are not working out with their marriage everyone is coming out of the woodwork. The children are being taken care of. The dogs are being taken care of.

People need to get off their high horses and look at their own lives before placing judgement. Marriages fall apart everyday, this one just happens to be infront of a public audience. I have always loved the show. I thought it showed the real stress it takes to raise children.

Parenting is the hardest job anyone can have. I hope they are able to work things out and get out of the spotlight. It is just turning into a nightmare for everyone.

im a jk8 fan they r great they r good parents DADDY DON'T GO

You know what, why doesnt everybody just leave the couples alone they are going through a hard enough time that you people put them through that they just need time to recover.
So everyone shut up!

That poll is ridiculously slanted. No one said that the way infants and children treat animals is "all in good fun" but it does happen. Just like puppies playing rough with older dogs happens. Come on people, try writing a fair poll. Maybe "It may not be ideal, but things like that will happen when kids are around pets."

I really don't understand what the world's problem is with this family?? I have watched Jon & Kate since they aired. Yeah, they may have family and marriage problems, but who the hell doesn't?? This is REALITY people.

I cannot belive that the STUPIDEST things make it to big news. I mean come on, animal abuse because their kids was pulling on a dogs tail???? Oh my, Im not for sure what the world is coming to these days. Animal abuse is beating, not feeding or watering your animal, not kids jumping on its back.

In my opinion, I have never seen parents that love and care for their kids as much as they do. I would like to see any one of these people who like to point out their mistakes have 8 kids up their ass all day & have a spotless house. 9 out of 10 woman COULD NOT DO IT. I dont see ANYTHING selfish about Jon and Kate, as far as im concerned they have given their kids a GREAT LIFE.

SUCK TO BE A GOSSELIN! ALL THAT FAME AND FORTUNE CANT BUY YOU PEACE AND QUIET!!
TOO BAD FOR YOU!

I wouldn't consider it "abuse" when children play rough with family pets, but I believe it is very important for children to learn to respect animals at a young age. I take my dog to the dog park 4 or 5 days a week and it is not uncommon for parents to bring their children with them on visits. Many of the children, I find, are not properly taught the right way treat animals, particular ones which are not their own. My dog has been chased and harassed on numerous occasions and I have to constantly keep her in check to be sure she does not develop any type of child aggression.

That is about the dumbest complaint i have ever heard. Dont animal activist have better things to do than prey on innocent people!!!! This really ticks me off. You could turn every corner and find people who are truly abusing their animals! I have a 2 year old who plays or aggrivates my dog all the time but i swear he enjoys the attention!!! I would not call that abuse!!!!!!! Stupid people!

Enough is enough! Give this guy a break.

As much as I love animals is as much as I hate Jon and Kate...beyond words. But this 'animal abuse' thing seems like piling on. It is one thing to exploit their kids (and they do) I just think now people are after them and twisting the guys words to make them look worse, if that is possible.

Ohhh PLLEASE how ridiculous!! Leave these poor people alone, what kids don't "beat up" on their pets- That's HARDLY abuse!

Oh too bad, another issue for the Gosselins to deal with in their never ending quest for money.

When you invite millions to watch you 24/7, you also lose your right to privacy. You're making enough to compesate: Dinners made by Emeril; free cycles, all expense paid trips, etc. It sucks to be you!

oh come on they are just a regular family trying to live a regular life. LET THEM BE :] they cant even have a birthdday party with out the poparatzi;s in the trees I THINK ITS PATHETIC AND THe poparatzi NEED TO GET A LIFE!! and nobody started saying anything this cruel untuil the insidint with Jon because he was supposably caught cheating on Kate, think about it the world is so sad this might even be a rumor you never know what people would say to get money.. so remember YOU DONT LIVE JON AND KATES LIFE YOU DONT KNOW WHATS HAPPENING IN THERE LIFE , the rumor may be true but its not the whole worlds buissness. and the popartatzi is so cruel that know they whant to say that they are abusing there animal I GUESS PEOPLE WILL JUST SAY ANY THING FOR ATTENTION..


WHAT EVER MY POINT IS DONT JUDEGE THEM UNLESS YOU HAVE LIVED THERE LIFE!!

I think Jon originally was trying to be funny and make the point that the dogs were so wonderfully tolerant of the kids. Although his choice of words sounded like the kids were misbehaving around the dogs.

It's the responsibility of all parents with pets to teach and monitor their children for gentle, appropriate handling to ensure the safety of the pets and children. Some pets and specific breeds don't like to be handled roughly and will respond accordingly. The parents should research before becoming pet owners (& parents, too, for that matter).

I echo the following
This is so ridiculous. Everything they say now is an issue. No one said a damn thing years before when they thought everything was great! This is the 5th year.

Now that things are not working out with their marriage everyone is coming out of the woodwork. The children are being taken care of. The dogs are being taken care of.

People need to get off their high horses and look at their own lives before placing judgement. Marriages fall apart everyday, this one just happens to be infront of a public audience. I have always loved the show. I thought it showed the real stress it takes to raise children.

Parenting is the hardest job anyone can have. I hope they are able to work things out and get out of the spotlight. It is just turning into a nightmare for everyone.

My only exception from the above is no one said a word until it was made public that this family had been made the show successful and finally started to be paid what they deserve.
Of course, they are responsible enough to teach their children how to treat animals. In their previous neighborhood they were not afforded the opportunity for the children to acquire pets...as they were intelligent enough to know they had their hands full with the younger children.
Let the GOSSELIN'S alone and go after the parents in this world who DO abuse their children and Do abuse their pets and quit be so envious of the Gosselins.!!! ENOUGH ALREADY

Gosh, maybe if they had actually PAID FOR THESE DOGS,
they would appreciate them more...

Goodness, the poor guy. Why is everyone pouring abuse on his head for every little thing?

um J&K... what is the problem with them????

i think that people need to leave jon and kate the hell alone.i have never missed an episode of that show, and i see no form of abuse whatso ever against those dogs.those sogs look very well taken care of.i think people are saying anything they can to make money off these people.LEAVE EM ALONE

I think the "P" people need to leave this family alone, every little thing they say or do is under scrutiny. In the long run it's not going to be Jon or Kate causing their kids harm it's those nasty , stalking "P" people who have nothing better to do then STALK this family and then twist everything to make a fast dollar.

Please leave this family alone!!!! Enough is enough already! Every time Jon says anything, it's being taken out of context. Leave the man alone. I've always enjoyed watching the show, especially with the way he has interacted with his children. There are not too many men I know that will bathe, dress and take care of their children the way he has, especially when they were babies. Unfortunately, I'm so tired of hearing all the gossip about Jon and Kate, I am not really watching the show anymore and I've watched it from the beginning. I'm tired of watching Kate berate him all the time, when he's doing things for/with the children or during their interviews. I enjoyed the show more before Kate changed. I enjoyed listening to Jon's dialogue about the activities and regarding the children, I felt he was more honest and sincere. I hope they will work it out (if it's meant to be) and possibly stop the show for the sake of their family.

I have seen the show once. I do not understand the hype..All I witnessed was a mother who's bossy, rude and suffers from OCD. I think she really thinks she some sort of star. A guy who lets his wife walk all over him..and eight adorable children that I think are being raised by everyone but their parents. I think this show is sadly manufactured for the viewer and not reality. Doesn't get my vote. NEXT!

bahhahahaha. the end.

To the person who posted that the show is five years old... it is not. It is five seasons but the earliest shows after it became a series is 2007 so it is not that old. It may seem like nobody said anything until Jon/drinking/paparazzi but it coincided with Kate totally changing and as a result much of the original charm and sweetness went away. At the same time Kate started not being home for three weeks out of the month and so the early mothering that we loved to watch was also gone. Whether anything had happened with Jon or not what we loved in the beginning was gone when it no longer was about an average loving family trying to get by just like the rest of us.

omg, are you for real? What he was saying is that German Shepherds are great with kids! My first shepherd was an only child for 3 yrs, then my daughter came along, My poor guy went through the inquizative infant/toddler/etc. stages of my daughter. Even got his privates landed on when my daughter fell on him, it knocked the wind out of him, but all he did was kiss her. Give Jon a break! They don't have an ideal marriage, but watch them with their kids, those kids LOVE them and are not afraid, just the same as the dogs, they LOVE those kids and are not afraid of them. I have owned 2 abused german shepherds, trust me, you can tell if they've been abused.

Why can't people leave these people alone, they have enough going on.I don't think abuse is in this picture, come on you see Kate & Jon rasing their children to be kind and loving to each other, so why wuldn't you think she wouldn't teach them to be kind to their dogs, Yes they have alot on their plates but it just doesn't fit in that they would allow their children to abuse their dogs. So back off this family so they can try and get some peace in their life with their chidren. Give them a break.


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