It's not uncommon to have some exasperation and exaggeration when describing a pet but, if talking to strangers, you have to assume every word will be taken literally. Jon Gosselin described his family's interaction with their two dogs to People:

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.

There was then so much outcry — dozens of complaints to the local Humane Society of Berks County, Pa — that he issued a second statement:

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.

On the one hand, this could just be an exaggerated example of how tolerant the pups were and, on the other, he could be backtracking to change his tune. The Humane Society weighed in that they have no credible evidence of abuse so what do you think?

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