Jon Gosselin Plays While Kate Gosselin Shops

Poor, poor Jon Gosselin. As if he doesn’t have enough to worry about, he now has animal rights activists on his tail. Not for anything he has done, but what his pesky brood does to his two dogs.

In a recent interview with People, 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.”

The Humane Society got wind of this after receiving complaints from concerned animal activists. So Jon issued a 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.”

I bet Kate’s just loving this new little controversy.

Gallery Info: Jon Gosselin plays with the dogs, while Kate Gosselin goes shopping with one of her sons.