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Complaints Made Against Gosselins For Animal Cruelty

Gosselins When is enough enough for these people?  You would think that with a marriage in shambles and a child labor law complaint they would hang up their hats.  But no.  Now there is an animal cruelty complaint.

The Humane Society of Berks County, Pa., where the Gosselins live, received about a dozen complaints from animal activists around the country based on comments Jon said in an interview.  The exact comments are after the jump.

"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," Jon said, regarding their two German Shepards.

After the complaints were made public he issued the following statement:

"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, confirmed to the local Reading Eagle newspaper that Shoka and Nala are up-to-date on their vaccinations and registered in the Gosselins' township. "We have no credible reason to believe in way that there is cruelty going on," he shared, adding that representatives from the Humane Society did not conduct a visit to the family’s home.

I'm honestly more concerned about the exploitation of the children, but I can't imagine with eight kids in the house and only one parent home at a time (come on, does anyone really believe they are not separated?  Are you watching the same show I am?  He goes skiing on her birthday?) that these animals are getting a lot of attention?  When will they realize it is in the best interest of EVERYONE, adults, children, and animals alike, to pull the plug on this show?  How much money is enough?


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I personally think this one is just silly. Kids can be rough on animals, and frankly, animals tolerate it up to the point that they would actually get hurt. Case in point; my cat would bite ANYONE, except a toddler who liked to carry her slung over her back by one leg. I don't think Jon's comments were anything to be alarmed about, especially since none of these complaints were made by anyone who has actually observed these animals. I think they have enough other problems going on right now for people to capitalise on without trying to throw more allegations at them.

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