Lena Dunham Responds To Animal Shelter Disputing Her Dog Tale

Lena Dunham Responds To Animal Shelter Disputing Her Dog Tale

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The drama surrounding Lena Dunham's former dog Lamby somehow continues. For those of you who don't know, Dunham introduced Lamby to the world in 2014 via his own Instagram account, a Vogue editorial spread, and a New Yorker article. Since then, Dunham featured Lamby in innumerable social media posts, even as she pointed out his aggressive tendencies. Though Dunham claims to love Lamby more than anything, it seems their time together has come to a close - Lena chose to give him away.

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On June 21st, responding to fans who wondered what Lamby was up to recently, Dunham posted an extended response explaining her side of the story. She claimed that Lamby came from an abusive household and needed more care than she was able to provide:

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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Dunham's decision to give up Lamby has sparked an intense controversy online, with many believing it was the right choice but many others claiming it was a selfish step to take. Extending the drama, BARC, the New York City animal shelter that Dunham adopted Lamby from, issued a statement poking some holes in Lena's claim that Lamby was abused before their time together:

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...We would have told her if the dog had issues. We are a no-kill shelter. We don’t lie about the dogs’ histories because that gets them returned — and mentally it’s not good for dogs.

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