Source – An animal shelter is disputing Lena Dunham’s claim that a dog she adopted from the Brooklyn facility and eventually gave up had “challenging behavior and aggression” that stemmed from “terrible abuse.”
Dunham revealed in a late June Instagram post she had given her dog Lamby to a canine rehabilitation center in Los Angeles after four years of aggressive behavior.
However, the animal shelter is now denying Dunham’s dog had any history of abuse or behavioral issues.
“When she adopted the dog from us, it wasn’t crazy,” Robert Vazquez, a spokesman for the BARC told Yahoo Celebrity. “If Lamby had a bad past or was abused, do you think BARC would have adopted him to Lena knowing she’s a new star and put her — or the dog — in that situation?”
Vazquez told Yahoo he has pictures of Dunham with Lamby “loving on Lena and her mom” which he said would not happen “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 said adding BARC does not lie about dogs’ histories “because that gets them returned — and mentally it’s not good for the dogs.”
BARC did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.
A source close to Dunham told Fox News the 31-year-old had the dog examined by six veterinarians who “deemed that the dog had an abusive past and brain damage.”
Dunham responded to BARC’s claims on Instagram Thursday saying, “I did what I thought the best mother would do, which was to give him a life that provided for his specific needs.”
Dunham wrote in her June 21st post she had sent Lamby to live “at an amazing professional facility in Los Angeles” after “training or medication or consistent loving dog ownership” failed to fix the dog’s supposed behavioral issues.
She added Thursday, “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.”
A rep for Dunham directed Fox News to the star’s Instagram post about the controversy.
A spokesperson for the canine rehabilitation center Lamby was sent to, Zen Dog, told The Cut Lamby was “a hot mess” and was heavily medicated, had a bad temperament and was drinking his own urine when he arrived at their center.
Dunham, who has two other dogs, has tweeted in the past about being bitten by Lamby.
Dogs eat their shit but the whole drinking their own urine thing is new to me. Gandhi did it, and he’s a goddamn saint so let’s not get carried away.
We just got a dog, and he’s a pain in the ass but awesome. He shits on the floor, and he’s a massive ball and chain, but he’s a product of his environment. We enrolled the little man in dog classes and puppy training with professionals twice a week. They said if he is cared for and trained properly you’ll have a good dog. Dogs become like their owners for the most part. Just like kids, so the fact Lena Dunham gave away her child is just awful.
If Lena Dunham’s dog ate its poop, drank its pee and bit people, there’s a high likely hood its because she was a shitty dog owner.
The same Lena Dunham parades around like the patron saint of everyone’s noble/liberal Haute cause, and she *killed her dog, invented a story then lied about it. That’s probably why she got the dog in the first place. To show everyone on social media, she’s something she isn’t.
But isn’t that what social media is for?
*I don’t really know if the dogs dead, but I’m assuming that’s what next for Lumby according to what happens with dogs no one wants. And it works for the story.
Here are some pics of poor Lumby and some other dogs she owns that should run like hell.
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A lot of you have been asking where Lamby is these days since he's always been the star of my gram and I've been posting pics of my poodle girls. Well, you know honesty is my jam but this one has been really heartbreaking to talk about. But I feel I have to share that last March, 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 @matt_thezendog where an awesome person named @therealdanishay (who is educated in a rescue dog's specific trauma) loves him so hard. 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. Jack 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.) 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. Shout out to @jennikonner for listening to endless hours of Lamby pain, and especially my partner @jackantonoff for loving him even when he ruined floors and couches and our life. Jack knows what Lamby means to me and he let me come to the decision in my own time even when it made his days challenging. Susan & Karen will never be my first loves, but they are fuzzy and hilarious stuffing for the hole Lamby left and we cherish them deeply ❤️#lamby #thefirstcutisthedeepest #foreverlamb PS If you have a similar situation, please know its possible to responsibly re-home your rescue rather than sending them back into the shelter system. It can require patience, diligence and often a financial contribution but there are solutions that leave everyone happy and safe. You will always have been your dog's first stop outside shelter life and that's beautiful.
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So lovely to wake early to a plethora of kind birthday wishes. 31 is significant only in that I seem to have managed another year of living mostly on my own terms- and I'll keep going for broke til I dry into a husk at age 100 or older, having finally mastered the word "no" and nailed the perfect balance of ice cream to leafy greens. To celebrate: a rare image of my dog Susan in the wild. She's the Number One beat of her own drummer kinda bitch #nonconformist #catdog #threepoundsofsteelwill