Gosselins Repond to Allegations They Mistreat Their Pups

Jon Gosselin just can't seem to catch a break.

Gosselin, the embattled father of TLC's reality show "Jon and Kate Plus 8," is now responding to allegations that he and his family have been mistreating their German shepherd puppies, Shoka and Nala.

A June 4 interview published on People.com in which Gosselin said that his kids often "beat" their dogs sparked an outcry of complaints to the local branch of the Humane Society.

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"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," said Gosselin, who described the dogs as "loyal creatures."

Karel Minor, the executive director of the Humane Society of Berks County, Pa., told ABCNews.com that community members have been complaining about how the Gosselins treat their dogs.

"We received about a dozen complaints," said Minor.

Minor confirmed that the two dogs have licenses in the area where the Gosselins live and that they are up-to-date on their vaccinations.

"We have no credible reason to believe in any way that there is cruelty going on," Minor said.

Gosselin, in a statement released to ABCNews.com, sought to "set the record straight" regarding the mishandling of his family pets, stating that his previous remarks about his kids were taken out of context.

"We understand the responsibilities of being good dog owners," Gosselin said. "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," he said. "We would never do anything to hurt them, and treat them with the respect and love that they deserve."

This latest controversy comes as the latest in what has been a whirlwind of negative publicity for the Gosselin family, who have faced allegations of infidelity as well as claims they are using the popular reality show to exploit their children.

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Last week, US weekly posted an exclusive photo on its Web site of Gosselin on vacation in Utah with school teacher Deanna Hummel.

The photo, taken on March 28, according to US magazine, shows the pair at the Canyons Ski Resort in Park City during the resort's annual Spring Gruv, which features concerts and sporting competitions. The visit could show up in a future episode of the TLC reality show, which, according to US, filmed Gosselin's trip to focus on how he helps handicapped kids.

Sources who saw the pair together told the magazine they appeared "very cuddly."

Gosselin has denied having an affair since allegations of his infidelity were first reported by US on March 18. Since then, the family has dominated tabloid covers and Gosselin has battled criticism about his child rearing skills.

Earlier this month, Gosselin told People magazine that he in no way is exploiting his children.

"I don't even want to use that word, because I think it's ridiculous," he told People. "We have healthy, happy, well-adjusted, educated kids. They're bouncing around and having a good time."

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Jon, 32, appeared in the glossy magazine saying "enough is enough," when it comes to all the overwhelming attention the family is receiving.

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