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    Jon Gosselin Gives Up Family Dogs

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    Is there no end to the collateral damage wrought by the Gosselins' marital implosion?

    While it could be years before we know what the kids think of him, Jon Gosselin's dogs are the ones getting the short end of the separation stick right now.

    The Jon & Kate Plus 8 dad confirmed to E! News Wednesday night that he is returning his German shepherd puppies, Shoka and Nala, to their breeder. He says his estranged wife refuses to care for them when it's her turn to stay with the children at the family's Pennsylvania residence.

    "It's not fair to the dogs to not be wanted in their own home," Jon said. He did not say why he never took the dogs with him during those off weeks.

    These are the same two pups that Jon was referring to when he told People earlier this summer, "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."

    So was Kate's alleged disinterest actually a blessing in disguise for Shoka and Nala?

    Probably not.

    The local Humane Society, after receiving numerous complaints from concerned citizens, said in June that it had "no reason to believe in any way" that the dogs were being mistreated.

    "Shoka and Nala are loyal companions who we consider members of our family," Jon responded. "We would never do anything to hurt them and treat them with the respect and love that they deserve."

    —Additional reporting by Ken Baker

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    This is a tough one. We know of some Very Important Pets out there, and we couldn't imagine their celeb owners saying goodbye anytime soon.

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