Lena Dunham is in the doghouse.
The “Girls” star’s story about why she gave up her dog has been disputed by the no-kill shelter from which she adopted Lamby.
In late June, Dunham revealed on Instagram that she had given her dog, who she adopted in January 2013, to an “amazing professional facility” in Los Angeles, where he could be taken care of by someone “educated in a rescue dog’s specific trauma.”
“Lamby suffered terrible abuse as a pup that made having him in a typical home environment dangerous to him and others- we needed to be responsible to ourselves, our neighbors and especially our beloved boy. (Boyfriend) Jack (Antonoff) and I will miss him forever but sometimes when you love something you have to let it go (especially when it requires tetanus shots and stitches),” she wrote on Instagram.
“Someday I’ll really write about the pain and relief of letting Lamby go off and really be Lamby, biting and peeing in his own mouth and all. There were so many lessons in it, about forgiving myself and loving with an open palm and giving in to a larger plan.”
But the Williamsburg-based animal shelter, Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition, has pushed back against Dunham’s accusations.
“When she adopted the dog from us, it wasn’t crazy,” spokesperson Robert Vazquez told Yahoo! in an email.
“I have pictures of the dog loving on Lena and her mom, which is weird if the dog was abused. It wouldn’t be cuddling with her or be in the bed with her ‘boyfriend’ in the pages of Vogue.”
He also said Lamby’s records showed no sign of “multiple owners that abused the dog,” as Dunham had claimed in a March 2013 New Yorker article.
Dunham fired back on Instagram late Thursday night, saying BARC was “willfully misunderstanding the truth.”
“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,” she wrote on Instagram.
“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.”
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