Alynda Wheat
June 08, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Jon Gosselin, one tenth of the TLC reality hit Jon & Kate Plus 8, has responded to allegations that his dogs, Shoka and Nala, are being mistreated, People magazine reports. The Humane Society of Berks Couty, Pennsylvania, where the Gosselins live, received several complaints about the family after the embattled dad recently told the magazine, “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.” In a statement released Friday Gosselin asserted, “I’d like to set the record straight. 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.” The executive director of the Berks County Human Society, Karel I. Minor, maintains that the organization does not believe the animals are in any danger.   

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