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Jon and Kate minus two pups

In the breakup heard round the country, one thing's for sure: there will be no custody battle over the dogs. Count Shoka and Nala as two more victims of Jon and Kate's nasty and highly-publicized split. The two German Shepherd puppies shown above - once considered beloved members of the family - are being trucked back to their breeder after neither Gosselin wanted them

Jon and Kate minus two pups

UPDATE - According to media reports the breeder of the Gosselin's 15-month-old dogs is taking them back "indefinitely." Jeff Christopher told RadarOnline: "I've been asked to take care of them before, and now while all of this is happening to them they've asked me to take care of them again. I have a farm house that they love, plus a lot of their brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles live here."  The location of Christopher's kennel was not identified.

 

In the breakup heard round the country, one thing's for sure: there will be no custody battle over the dogs.

Count Shoka and Nala as two more victims of Jon and Kate's nasty and highly-publicized split. The two German Shepherd puppies shown above - once considered beloved members of the family - are being trucked back to their breeder after neither Gosselin wanted them.

Kate could not handle the dogs and Jon couldn't accommodate them in his New York City apartment, according to the Website RadarOnline.com.

Remember Jon got into hot water a few months ago for his comments in People magazine about his kids beating up the dogs, climbing on them and dragging them around. That led to an outcry that brought a humane agent at their door.

Jon was later cleared of any animal cruelty allegations.

In a statement at the time he said: We understand the responsibilities of being good dog owners. 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.

It was clear that the dogs were an afterthought around the Gosselin's Berks County manse. Internet chatrooms were buzzing as far back as June about the dogs, now close to a year old, being stuffed in an undersized crate together and comments Kate made on air about the dogs appearance at a picnic being "gross."

But it's unclear what kind of fate will befall Shoka and Nala now. The breeder has not been identified so it's unknown if the dogs came from a licensed kennel in Pennsylvania or what the conditions were like at the kennel.

Commercial kennel operators in a recent unsuccessful federal lawsuit against the Commonwealth said that puppies over the age of 17 weeks were "worthless." Animal welfare advocates are now hoping the Gosselin dogs' breeder has a more humane outlook about the worth of man's best friend. 

Amy Worden Inquirer Staff Writer
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