Are Shoka and Nala gone for good or just at a trainer "indefinitely"?

By Michael Y. Park
September 17, 2009 09:05 AM

The Gosselin kids have long since said farewell to domestic tranquility – now they may also have to say goodbye to their dogs, Shoka and Nala.

Dad Jon Gosselin, 32, has taken the German shepherds the family has raised since they were puppies last winter to a trainer for what’s been called an “indefinite” stay. It’s not clear when or whether the dogs would be coming back after Jon’s week taking care of the kids in Wernersville, Pa., comes to an end, but several reports hinted that the dogs were in permanent exile.

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Though he was the one packing up Shoka and Nala, Jon Gosselin says it’s all estranged wife Kate Gosselin‘s fault – apparently because she didn’t care for the dogs when he wasn’t at the house, according to reports.

“It’s not fair to the dogs to not be wanted in their own home,” Jon told E! Online.

The Gosselins have already come under fire for the way they treated their pets, especially when Jon told PEOPLE about how the kids played with them.

“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,” he said. “But you know what: when they’re on duty, they’re on duty.”

Humanitarian groups raised a stink, and Jon quickly issued a statement that seemed to backtrack a bit.

“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.”