A Brooklyn animal shelter took a bite out of Lena Dunham’s tale about her dog’s behavior problems, saying it would have gladly welcomed back the animal if the “Girls” star would have just said something.
The Williamsburg-based Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition has a policy of allowing adopters to return pets if they show behavioral issues or unhappiness — as Dunham expressed — but the star never consulted with the shelter, founder Vincent Spinola told the Daily News in a statement Friday.
“As part of our procedure during our 32 years of operation, we had reached out to follow up with Ms. Dunham after she adopted the dog to check on how they were all settling in — but we never heard back from her,” the statement read.
“If a family of an adoptee reaches out or expresses any unhappiness or behavioral concerns about the animal, we have an open door policy here and ask that the dog be returned to our shelter. Unfortunately, that was not the case with Ms. Dunham,” he continued.
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Lamby lived at the BARC shelter for less than a month and reportedly showed no signs of behavioral issues and became a favorite of the staff, Spinola said.
Dunham shared a much different story when she revealed she had to give up Lamby back in late June after four years as his “mom.”
“Lamby suffered terrible abuse as a pup that made having him in a typical home environment dangerous to him and others,” she wrote at the time.
However, BARC disputed her claims, noting the dog’s records never indicated the pooch had multiple owners or any history of abuse.
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“His aggression — which was unpredictable — and his particular issues, which remain myriad, weren’t manageable, at least not by me,” Dunham shared on Instagram Friday after saying the shelter was “willfully misunderstanding the truth.”
The actress/director gave Lamby to the professional facility The Zen Dog in Los Angles, which is operated by dog trainer, Matt Beisner.
Beisner said the shelter’s claims that Lamby would not have cuddled Dunham and her mother if abused was incorrect and often rescue owners are “blindsided” by dogs that were once “sweet, loving, happy, excited, playful, cuddly dogs.”
“I’ve found that other than neglect or abuse, the number one cause for bad behavior, including aggression, is inappropriate or excessive human affection,” Beisner wrote on Instagram, adding, “there is more to consider.”
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Shortly after the shelter provided a statement, Dunham’s boyfriend Jack Antonoff insisted it was a difficult decision to give up the dog.
“Nobody on earth cares for or loved lamby more than lena,” he wrote on Twitter. “After her bit her father and her twice we found a trainer who deals with aggressive dogs who he now lives happily with. was a deeply hard decision.”
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