Lena Dunham Claps Back After Animal Shelter Tells Different Story About Her Former Dog: 'This One Hurts Most'
By Rachel McRady
Lena Dunham has never shied away from controversy. In fact, the Girls creator is known for publicly acknowledging and responding to grievances against her. So when the Brooklyn shelter where she adopted her dog Lamby claimed she lied about the dog’s history when explaining why she had to part ways with the beloved pet, she took to Instagram to tell her side of the story.
Dunham, 31, posted a photo of her portrait of Lamby, with a detailed caption in response to the BARC Shelter.
“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,” she wrote. “While I'm sorry to have disappointed them, I can't apologize.”
Previously, Robert Vazquez, a spokesperson for the shelter, spoke with Yahoo Celebrity about Lamby.
“We checked the records for Lamby,” Robert Vazquez told Yahoo Celebrity via email. “He was ‘owner surrendered, not enough time,’ so we do not know where she got ‘multiple owners that abused the dog’… When she adopted the dog from us, it wasn’t crazy. 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.”
Dunham went on to further explain her relationship with Lamby, writing, “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 went on to give insight into Lamby’s new life, saying, “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."
The HBO star seemed particularly upset by the shelter’s implications and accusations, adding, “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.”
She went on to note that of all the “micro scandals” she has endured in the public eye, this one “hurts the MOST, because of the vulnerability of letting people know Lamby and my story, and because I miss him so damn much.”
Dunham first told her fans about letting Lamby go in late June, in a touching Instagram post. Calling the decision “really heartbreaking,” Dunham revealed that, “After four years of challenging behavior and aggression that could not be treated with training or medication or consistent loving dog ownership, Lamby went to live at an amazing professional facility in Los Angeles.”