Kate Gosselin abused, neglected the family dogs, hit them & didn’t feed them

We’ve heard stories recently that Kate Gosselin spanked her children with a wooden spoon for minor things when they were just two years old. Kate supposedly admitted this in computer diaries she kept while she was taking notes for her book. A journalist friend of her ex, Jon Gosselin, somehow came onto a computer hard drive he claims he found in the “trash,” on which he allegedly found these revealing diary entries. Since he’s been unable to sell his reportedly lousy book on Amazon, journalist Robert Hoffman is selling details to the tabloids. He tells the new issue of Star that Kate abused the family’s two German Shepherd dogs, wouldn’t feed them and forced them to sit in their own filth in their crates. Jon and/or Kate eventually gave the dogs back to the breeder. Of course all this information is coming straight from Jon.

Robert Hoffman, the journalist who became close to Kate’s ex, Jon Gosselin tells the new issue of Star magazine that he allegedly witnessed Kate’s appalling behavior to the German shepherds, Nala and Shoka, that the family kept as pets but eventually gave away.

“Kate left the family dogs in their cages behind the house for hours on end with no food,” says Hoffman, who authored the controversial book Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World.

When Jon and Kate first split up, they would take turns staying at the house with the children, and Hoffman claims that Jon told him that when he would show up after being away for a few days, he’d find the starving dogs living in filth.

“She never cleaned the cages,” says Hoffman. “Jon would return to find them filled with urine, poop and puke. I saw vomit in them.”

Kate not only allegedly let the poor animals live in horrendous conditions, according to Hoffman, she also hit them. “She would knock them over the head and yell,” claims Hoffman. “The abuse caused Nala to become very resistant to Kate, so that any time she came around, Nala growled. After a while, Kate began to fear she’d be attacked, so she sent the dog back to the breeder.”

The Gosselin matriarch was also reportedly very careless about leaving stuff that the dogs shouldn’t eat lying around, including some plastic Easter eggs that the animals apparently couldn’t resist.

“There was an entire bag of them in the garbage,” Hoffman says. “Shoka was up to his waist inside of it.” After one piece of plastic too many, the poor pooch reportedly had to be rushed to the vet’s office for an emergency visit.

Hoffman claims that Kate never wanted dogs, but supposedly agreed to get them solely for the sake of better ratings for the family’s show. “The kids had been begging for pets for years but Kate was adamantly against it, until the show needed content for an episode,” Hoffman writes. “She was only nice to the dogs for the camera. As soon as filming was done, she never wanted anything to do with them. She’d tell Jon, ‘They’re yours… I’m not taking care of them.’”

For more exclusive details about the alleged shocking way Kate treated the defenseless family dogs pick up the latest issue of Star magazine on newsstands Thursday.

If this is true, and I don’t doubt it, it’s despicable to abuse animals and to not to give them food and regular exercise. But – the original story was that Jon sent the dogs back to the breeder, not Kate. We covered this story back when it happened in the fall of 2009, and at that time a “source” aka Kate Gosselin, told Radar (which is paraphrasing here) that “The dogs have always been Jon’s and while Kate was willing to do whatever she had to she simply can’t handle them and Jon didn’t make any other arrangements for them to be taken care of. He now lives in an apartment in New York City and never considered getting a place where he could keep his dogs.” So Jon went off to NY City with the daughter of his wife’s plastic surgeon (here’s how that turned out) and didn’t take the dogs with him, and Kate was pissed and took it out on some gentle innocent creatures. Still despicable and awful, but it’s not like Jon couldn’t have kept his German Shepherds if he wanted to.

Jon Gosselin, his kids and his dogs are shown out on 9/15/09 and 9/7/09. Credit: INFPhoto.com. Photos of Kate from 9/13/12. Credit: FameFlynet

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  1. lizzi says:

    This is disgusting. As if I didn’t hate her enough already. People who abuse animals are the worst scum.

    • Liberty says:

      x 1000

      She disgusted me before and now I can only hope that a big bowl of payback is coming her way. People who take their crap out on children or animals — nope, nope. nope.

      • Delta says:

        Kate has major mental problems. To read more about the book Kate Gosselin How She Fooled the World by Robert Hoffman go to realitytvkids.com beyond belief how brutal Kate is with her kids more so the boys. The child abuse is all in her own words taken from journals she kept then threw in the trash. Astounding!

    • Brown says:

      Sadly, this is not an uncommon thing. People get dogs, and when their relationships fail or their lives become complicated, the animals fall by the wayside and are ultimately the ones who suffer from it.

      Hated this bitch before, hate her now. She can hang out with Michael Vick and all the other losers that abuse and neglect their pets in a special circle of hell one day.

      • Tif says:

        This, exactly.

      • Skipper says:

        I love dogs but she is nothing like Michael Vick. She didn’t want the dogs and Jon should have taken them. With all those kids I doubt she had time to train and take care of them. And I don’t know about everyone else but I only feed my dogs twice a day. They don’t have food all of the time.

      • JudyK says:

        Skipper, MOST people feed their dogs twice per day. You obviously do not keep up with or know much about Kate Gosselin. I have two dogs I feed twice per day, and I spend more money on them than I do on myself, including extensive vet bills due to allergies.

        Saying Jon should have taken the dogs shows that you aren’t educated on this topic. Sorry, but it’s a pet peeve of mine for people to comment on things they have no familiarity with.

      • ol cranky says:

        you are so right. I volunteer at a rescue and you have no idea how many animals are neglected or abused because a relationship went south, one party left the animals with the ex and the ex decided to either refuse to care for the animal or outright abuse it. In most cases, it’s a neighbor or family friend that has to beg the person to surrender the animal to us (or suffer the consequences when they call animal control and animal control seizes the animal)

      • Skipper says:

        I will fully admit that I am lacking in education as far as this topic is concerned. It is simply not a priority for me. It just seemed based on this article, they were Jon’s investment and therefore ultimate responsibility. Plus the guy writing the book or whatever is likely exxagerating everything. Michael Vick is in a different league regardless.

      • Skipper says:

        Spelling is also not a priority. My educational priorities are aeronautics, stem cell research, and dead celebrities.

      • Missykitten says:

        Bullsh-t, Skipper.
        Nice attempt at making yourself seem “smart” after a really stupid comment, although even if you do study those things, it doesn’t automatically mean you are smart. Nice try.

        Following your logic, because they were John’s dogs, that means it’s perfectly fine for Kate to abuse the dogs, leaving them in cages filled with vomit and feces? I suppose because she didn’t want her children, that means it’s ok for her to abuse them too?

        It takes a certain kind of person to do that sort of thing to another being… Kate is beyond messed up. Does she have any empathy at all? All that fake tan cannot hide the ugly that is seeping from her pores.

    • erika says:


      you are scum, billions X 2.5. I hope you read these blogs in fact, i know you do. Lemme guess, when the night is calm, you start crying and throwing fits of anger at how sh***tty your life is, and how alone you’ll be.

      well keep reading, because Karma is just starting to rain down on you for torturing dogs. their souls are close to God himself. They didn’t fear you Kate, they wanted to annilate you!!!

      you sick, sick, bitch for leaving them in crates, did it get back at jon? did it? was that your smart plan? did it make it all better??

      the rain is coming…you sick, single, lonely, bitter bitch

  2. brin says:

    I loathe this useless woman.

  3. emmieapricot says:

    Is it surprising that someone who abuses their family & friends is going to abuse innocent pets as well?!?
    She is such an incredibly ugly, vile person.

  4. JH says:

    She is trash. Those poor dogs and those poor children. And she looks like sh*t.

  5. Erinn says:

    They got the dogs for the kids, I thought? Maybe he left them there because they were supposed to be the kid’s dogs. Still should have paid more attention to how they were being cared for though.

    • Canda says:

      If they did, they’re even bigger idiots… never get dogs for children, it inevitably ends badly because the kids don’t do what they’re supposed to do, the dogs get sent away, and the kids get the guilt end of it all.

      • emmieapricot says:

        You can’t really expect 4 year olds (or however old the kids were at the time) to care for a dog.
        And I think John was living in an apt after they split so of course he’s going to leave the dogs at the house where they have plenty of room for fun & exercise. It’s not his fault that his ex-wife is an abuser.

      • Jollytr says:

        + 1,000,000,000

    • Beth says:

      You can’t trust a four year old to brush their own teeth let alone care for an animal. What a selfish bitch.

    • They got the dogs for the show. You could tell she hated them. Called them things, kept them in crates. Jon returned them out of Mercy. She is an evil c**t.

      • emmieapricot says:

        Evil c**t is a perfect description of her… I just did a Kate search to read more about this story and ended up on her website where she has an entire section devoted to the dog, written from the dog’s point of view. All I can think is she is doing this for show, since the majority of people love animals and Kate pretending to be a caring dog owner (at least on her website) will make her a more attractive person. I’m guessing she possibly gets free dog food/care for featuring the dog on the site? Everything she does is for show or money!
        Just like her mentioning in every single recent article how her kids want her to start dating — because SHE wants a dating show. I cannot stand this woman and will admit she is my #1 most hated *celebrity* (well maybe she is tied with Leann!)

  6. Ravensdaughter says:

    …and now she looks like a cheap lady of the evening.

  7. Jackson says:

    I’ve never watched that show and never had an opinion one way or the other about this woman but that stops here. If you abuse an animal I hope there is a special place in Hell for you where you get to relive for eternity whatever harm you caused to that animal. Effing bitch.

  8. Canda says:

    Oh, bitch, it is ON! I don’t much care about children, but f*ck with a dog and you are on my shit list FOREVER. There’s a special circle of hell reserved for this hideous woman.

  9. gee says:

    I hope those dogs are living happy with a family that can give them the love and care they need.

    Why all this negative Kate press again? I thought she was off the media radar for good.

  10. Holden says:

    All of the adults in this story disgust me, I feel for the kids.

  11. MaxsMom says:

    She sucks.

  12. PoliteTeaSipper says:

    Please correct me if I am mistaken, but I think amazon got a takedown notice from Kate’s lawyers and that’s why the book can’t be found there now; some posters on Gosselins Without Pity were able to get copies via kindle before it was pulled.

    • itsa says:

      Oh! I could have gotten a copy for my kindle! From all I’ve been hearing, I’d really like to read it. I can’t stand that woman.

  13. V4Real says:

    Kate is another unattractive disguisting famewhore. I hold them both accountable for what was happening to these poor animals. If John new this he should have quickly made better arrangements for the dogs.

  14. cw says:

    i can never get used to the orange colored face and straw orange hair

    seriously – does anyone find that look attractive? yeash, natural makes you look so much younger and healthier

  15. GiGi says:

    Back when the show was still on, she made no bones about hating the dogs. She always said they were the kids’ responsibility. Then, when Jon did leave, she *allegedly* wouldn’t let him take the dogs because the belonged to the kids.

    This lady is a real piece of work. I feel very bad for the kids, dogs and anyone else who has to be around these people!

  16. Michele says:

    They’re both disgusting. I feel sorry for their children and the neglected, abused dogs.

  17. muprhy says:

    Sending them back to the breeder was the best situation. At least the breeder will care for them properly and find them a good home

    • apsutter says:

      Agreed. Reputable breeders make you agree that if for any reason you can’t properly care for the animal you’ll contact them and they can take it off your hands. I’m looking into getting a Siberian cat (I have allergies) and all the breeders have said this. They care for the animals and worry about their well being.

  18. Jaded says:

    Why on earth would they get two large dogs that need a lot of exercise and hands-on obedience training, when they have 8 kids?! If it was just for ratings then a special pox on the both of them, but especially on Kate because she was the one neglecting them. Get a f*cking goldfish if you want a pet.

    She’s just a cold, greedy, soulless excuse for a human being.

  19. pixiestyx says:

    If I remember correctly from the early episodes of the show Kate was kind of a germaphobe. I’m having a hard time believeing she would allow the dirty crate. Especially if she could have ordered someone else take care of it.

  20. Harleyhoney says:

    This women is despicable..

  21. kat says:


  22. Nymeria says:

    Evil, evil, evil woman!!

  23. Mimi says:

    Okay, waste of skin Kate aside, I question the ethics of a breeder who sells two high maintenance breed dogs to a family with that many small children. Unless you had professional handlers, I just don’t see how that would be in the dogg’s best interest.

    • Mimi says:


    • judyjudy says:

      The cameras were rolling and the family had acreage. I am sure the breeder was sold on the idea that these dogs would be working dogs on very large property.

    • Vesper says:

      German Shepherds are not high maintance dogs. As well, the Gosselins had acreage.

      Dogs do better in pairs. They are pack animals. Anyone who owns two dogs will tell u that two compatible dogs are less work than one. They keep each other occupied, and there are no issues with separation anxiety or boredom. Having two dogs that are siblings is ideal.

      Responsible breeders sell dogs to families with children all the time. Being pack animals, dogs are happier with a family versus one person. German Shepherds make great family pets. It is the small delicate dogs that should not be placed with children. Children can be rough.

  24. Ann Scott says:

    I don’t doubt this story one bit. It makes sense as the pieces now fit together. The You Tube video from the old show shows Jon picking up the TWO dogs to take back to the breeder and on it he says he has to because Kate won’t take care of them and jaunts off for days at a time to “jobs. The female dog probably reacted to the abuse with the hatred and growling towards Kate and do you notice they only took back the one dog and it was the male and that was on the show also, a ploy for Kate to look good surprising the kids on film with the return of Shoka. http://youtu.be/yT1nfxFSSko

    • JudyK says:

      Thanks for posting that link…missed your comment the first time through.

      This was ALWAYS about making Kate look good. This is all true. All you have to do is read her Twitter feed (which she treats as a message board) to see her admit her fury when Shoka threw up a live animal in the basement recently (why would Shoka be eating animals if he were being fed). All of a sudden, Shoka has disappeared.

    • itsa says:

      Wait, she still has one of the dogs????

      • JudyK says:

        Yes, she brought ONLY Shoka back to create better ratings for her show…it was several years ago.

        There have been a number of reports by neighbors of possible abuse of Shoka, and now Shoka has disappeared after throwing up in Kate’s house about six weeks ago.

  25. Ann Scott says:

    http://youtu.be/kecwgHaPs5I a commentary on the dogs. A good breeder should NEVER give two dogs living together from the same litter. Apparently a backyard Breeder.

  26. Melissa says:

    This is disgusting. I hope she gets locked in a crate, is forced to starve and has to sit in her OWN waste. What a heartless crone. If John knew about it, but did nothing I hope he gets locked in the crate WITH Kate.

  27. Jazz says:

    This doesn’t suprise me, she was always bitching about the dogs on that show. At least they probably have a new happy home now. Unfortunately, those 8 kids are still stuck there.

  28. Cathy says:


  29. Cheryl says:

    She is such white trash. She should join honey boo boo’s family, and all fall off the face of the earth, and we’d all be better off for it. Poor kids….

    • judyjudy says:

      Honey Boo Boo’s family is gross and unhealthy but they are incredibly nice and respectful of one another. Mama June has 1000 times more class in her lumpy ol’ chin than this dressed up poodle bitch ever will.

      And wow. I just defended HBB…

      • emmieapricot says:

        don’t feel bad judyjudy – I ‘liked’ honey boo boo on facebook the other day! I really do like the family – they are authentic and entertaining! — unlike Kate who does everything with dollar signs in her eyes and on her mind.

  30. JudyK says:

    Love her bitch face in the first pic. That’s the REAL Kate Gosselin.

    By the way, Kate brought ONLY Shoka back (for P.R. and show ratings) several years ago. However, she recently went ballistic when Shoka ate a wild animal and threw it up in the basement. She admitted it on Twitter and won’t answer questions now about what has become of Shoka.

    Oh, by the way, Jon LOVED those dogs. He was forced to send them back to the breeder when (after the divorce) he no longer had a home or big yard for them, because Kate totally neglected them…and I am being very kind in calling it neglect.

    Watching him having to put them in crates and send them back was heartbreaking to watch, and it broke his heart, as well.

  31. apsutter says:

    She didnt fool anyone. We all thought she was a raging, massive bitch. What kind of mother hits a two year old with a spoon. Is two still considered a toddler? All I know if my little nephew just turned one and I would flip if I found out my brother hit him with anything.

  32. Kate says:

    I don’t care who the source is!! I ABSOLUTELY BELIEVE IT! She is so vile & disgusting & verbally abusive – saw it for myself after watching the show. She should be in jail. period.

  33. TG says:

    I remember seeing the commercial for the episode of them getting the dogs and my stomach went sick. I knew that the dogs would be returned to the breeders. I just knew they were the wrong family for a pet. And this was just from a commercial not from watching the show. And sure enough I was right. I blame the breeder for ever letting that b*tch within 10 miles of their dogs. This is why I can’t stand breeders most of them are greedy and don’t care about the pets. Why would anyone ever give that woman a dog?

    • judyjudy says:

      I saw that episode, too. She was running around, squealing about which puppy was HERS and how SHE got to pick out the names, not the kids. I think they turned into “Jon’s dogs” the minute the cameras were off and she had to actually take care of them.

  34. Nan209 says:

    Yikes! Now I have an even better reason to hate these people.

    I couldn’t fathom my puppy being treated that way. He’s the baby in the family. He’s 180 lbs of pure emotionl need. He sleeps on the bed, has his own couch and rules the house with a well placed bark, wimper or sad eyes. He’s curled up with me right now snoring away…he will one day break our hearts but right now he’s the sunshine in our day.

  35. Grace says:

    Those kids need to be removed from that home. Kate sounds like a closet psychopath. They are going to be terrorizing everyone around them long before age 18 if they don’t get help now.

  36. Genevieve says:

    I HATE HER!!! I swear, I am so sick of seeing her face. She is all about being famous. How about if she go back to being a nurse or whatever, it’s a respectful profession & makes good money. She is pathetic & I’ve never heard one good story about her.
    And btw, you adopt an animal, they are your responsibility. You don’t just get to give them back, that’s not how pets work.

  37. cassie says:

    Can’t believe such a callous, cruel person was once in the nursing profession! Patients and nurses alike should rejoice and breathe a sigh of relief – She recently reiterated her vow not to return to nursing.

  38. skuddles says:

    Those poor animals! Too bad they didn’t eat her instead of those plastic Easter eggs. What a disgusting human being.

  39. Kate Needs To Be In Jail says:

    I find it very interesting that people are more up in arms about her abuse of the dogs (which is horrific) than her own written accounts of the abuse of her children.
    Kate Gosselin is a child/spouse/pet abusing monster who needs to have her kids and the dog removed from her care.

    • JudyK says:

      Shoka seems to have “disappeared” after the most current incident, so that, at least, is taken care of.

      She’s so much under focus for possible abuse of her children and they, at least, can “speak,” so I don’t think they are in harm’s way–at least as long as she’s still in the public eye.

  40. emma says:

    They’re both terrible terrible people who need to stop getting attention. Although it’s frightening to consider what Kate might stoop to if she did stop getting attention.

  41. Kevin K. says:

    Why is Katie here? She is no celebrity but she is a b****. I feel for the kids.

  42. Vesper says:

    If this is true, it is disgusting, but what is just as horrific is that Jon didn’t take the dogs out of an abusive situation. All that money he had at the beginning of the breakup, and he couldn’t take them himself? There were other options. At the very least, he could have called the SPCA. As well, any responsible breeder would have called the SPCA himself if abused and starved dogs were returned to him.

    The dogs certainly don’t look like they have been starved in these pics.

    I remember the pics when the dogs were in the back of a truck being returned to the breeder. Jon was in the pics, supposedly devasted yet he was talking on his cell phone instead of saying goodbye to the dogs.

    On another topic, why would a woman record in her journal that she hit her children, and list the reasons why? The entire story doesn’t make any sense.

  43. Nicolette says:


  44. Angel says:

    Vesper: Kate wrote about the horrible abuse in her journals for the book Multiple Blessings. Jon did take the dogs out of the abusive situation by returning them to the breeder. They were the kids dogs (as per TLC’s episode) and one of the dogs were brought back in an attempt to make Kate look good for an episode, more damage control. You can find pictures on the net of some of the kids hitting the dogs, wonder where they got that from? Not There are also pictures of Kate hitting the kids that can be found.

    Also, agencies were contacted in regard to the abuse of the kids and the animals (she has chickens also). After one time protective services visited the house (they were called multiple times) she talks about it in her journals to her PR person (I think it was her PR person) and asked her to “take care of it”.

    This momster has kicked all family members out of her and the children’s lives, better to have no witnesses. Any employee of hers, TLC’s or anyone who may have had contact during an episode of the show has had sign a Confidentiality Agreement, that doesn’t expire until death! Child abuse makes a CA null and void but I don’t know how many people are aware of that. There hasn’t been any people coming to her defense and she hasn’t denied any of this.

    The book is quite interesting on many levels, I suggest everyone read it. It shows how she had the local police dept. in the palm of her hand. PA really liked the money that TLC brought in also. I would also like to add that the book was not pulled for libel and R. Hoffman (GosselinBook: Kate Gosselin How She Fooled the World) took two lie detector tests and passed them both.

    A couple good places to visit if interested in more of her history of abuse and “How She Fooled the World” are GosselinBook.com and 15 Minutes Gosselin style. Prison is too good for Katie Kreider.

  45. RdyfrmycloseupmrDvlle says:

    I always knew all along she was a monster. But it turns out she was much, MUCh worse than I ever imagined.
    She appears to be a text book case of Nar. personality Disorder with Pshycopathic tendencies…..no empathy for others or animals. In other words, shes crazy. I feel terrible for those kids. I worry how they will turn out.I cant imagine they recieve much affection and genuine warmth. Just like the two dogs.
    Her star has faded and shes reduced to blogging for a web site. I couldnt be happier!!!

  46. So Confused says:

    In the book, her journals were written by her IN her own words. All the lies she told, and continues to tell, about needing money when she was already a millionaire. Grifting everything from gift cards, clothes, cars, vans, to toilet paper, and she admitted she abused her kids, husband and the dogs.

    And that is only the parts the author told so far. Abortion, self injected drug to have more babies behind the doctors back.

    Some people would be in jail, yet she has already been invited back to NY twice, and has been on two more talk shows, twice, and said she is getting her own dating show since the book was released.

    With so many people struggling to find a job, stay in their homes, put food on the table and pay bills, how does this woman keep getting more and more and more for doing nothing? She has no talent at anything. Everything to do with her is fake. But on TV she goes.

    I don’t understand. Other Celebes and stars have lost everything in an instant for doing one stupid thing, (Chad O, Chris Brown, Charlie Sheen ect.) But not Kate Gosselin. She does these things and gets more bookings. Makes more millions, gets more air time and more face time, more plastic surgery.

    Her children’s welfare and talk of the abuse is too much to take at times when reading the book. And the poor dog. Where is Shoka? She won’t say and some twits on her twitter page said he died. She won’t confirm or deny.

    What has happened to our society? She has investments all across the world, yet was begging for a free vacay on twitter a few weeks back, along with a request from Northern for more tissue. Which they sent to her, a whole pallet. She is always telling her followers how broke she is, and to please send gift cards to Target and Star Bucks?

    • JudyK says:

      And she’s going to be on Andy Cohen’s show “See What Happens Live” tonight w/ Morgan Fairchild.

  47. Lisa says:

    lmao at her showing up at events.

  48. xoxokaligrl says:

    I have no idea why people with so many kids have dogs. Like they don’t have enough responsibilities.

  49. LeslieM says:

    Why is this woman on a red carpet. Why does she host the view. Why does she get uplifted by society when it has been made clear time and time again what type of person she is.