Animal shelter was willing to take back Lena Dunham's dog

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.

It’s come to my attention that the staff at the shelter where I adopted Lamby have a very different account of his early life and behavioral issues than I do. While I’m sorry to have disappointed them, I can’t apologize. Lamby was and is one of the great loves of my life. When I met him I knew we’d have an amazing journey. But his aggression – which was unpredictable- and his particular issues, which remain myriad, weren’t manageable, at least not by me. I did what I thought the best mother would do, which was to give him a life that provided for his specific needs. He’d been with me for nearly four years and I was his mom- I was in the best position to discern what those needs were. After countless hours of training, endless financial support and a lot of tears he was given access to a better life. I still support him financially and I’ll always be there for him in every way but he’s notably happier in his new surroundings. Why should this story be subject to scrutiny and anger? It is willfully misunderstanding the truth. I hope those judging can imagine the incredible pain of letting go of your favorite creature on EARTH because you know you can’t help them be healthy and happy. I would never say an unkind word about the staff of BARC, what they do is amazing and life saving for these animals- but we have different accounts of Lamby’s behavior and they were not present in my home nor did they live with him for an extended period. They did not witness the consistent and responsible care I provided. I have weathered a lot of micro-scandals but this one hurts MOST, because of the vulnerability of letting people know Lamby and my story, and because I miss him so damn much. This is the painting that greets me every day when I walk into my home. This is the animal who taught me about loving and letting go. I know I’m a lot of fun to place your issues on, but I won’t let anyone hang their hat on this peg. Not this time.

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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.”

BARC shelter in Brooklyn.

BARC shelter in Brooklyn.

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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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