Controversial feminist celeb abandons dog due to ‘complications’; adoption clinic issues scathing response

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Lena Dunham is no stranger to controversy. The “Girls” creator frequently makes waves among conservatives, like when she said she “wished” she’d had an abortion.

Now a recent mix-up with a New York animal shelter has the actress at odds with animal lovers who are all over the issue on social media.

Dunham reportedly adopted a dog named Lamby, who had a following of his own. Dunham wrote an essay about him for the New Yorker in 2013, after which she created an Instagram account for the dog. Fans of Lamby have apparently been asking about him, and Dunham posted an update on Instagram.

Dunham said Lamby had gone to a doggy treatment facility in Los Angeles, called The Zen Dog, in March. She claimed that she’d been dealing with Lamby’s “challenging behavior and aggression” problems for four years, and that he needed more help than she could give him.

Dunham also claimed that Lamby “suffered terrible abuse as a pup” and he was therefore unfit to live in a “typical home environment.”

Calling the pooch “dangerous,”  she said she’d made a responsible decision in giving him up, although she and boyfriend Jack Antonoff would “miss him forever.”

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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The animal shelter Dunham adopted Lamby from tells a different story. Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition (BARC) told Yahoo Celebrity this week that Dunham’s version of Lamby’s story is not entirely accurate. Robert Vazquez, a spokesman for BARC, says Lamby had not suffered abuse from owners prior to his adoption.

“We checked the records for Lamby,” Vazquez told Yahoo. “He was ‘owner surrendered, not enough time,’ so we do not know where she got ‘multiple owners that abused the dog.’”

Vasquez, who says he was personally responsible for BARC’s dog adoptions for the last 14-15 years, said that before Dunham owned him, Lamby “wasn’t crazy.”

“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?” Vasquez said. “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.”

“It’s just hard to believe the dog was nasty when she took Lamby to every green room with her when Girls was still a thing 4 years ago,” he added.

Dunham blasted out another Instagram essay, asserting that her account of Lamby’s situation was more accurate, as she had been his owner and therefore knew him better.  She wouldn’t apologize for her claims.

“While I’m sorry to have disappointed them, I can’t apologize,” Dunham wrote. She says she will not speak unkindly about BARC’s staff, but she notes that “they were not present in my home” and didn’t know the troublesome canine the way she did.

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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Twitter users spoke out against Dunham, calling her a “sh**ty dog owner” and accusing her of abandoning the dog.

Another user linked Dunham’s behavior to failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, writing: “Hillary Clinton made Lena Dunham her social media manager. This is why Hillary lost.”

During the 2016 campaign, Dunham was a Clinton supporter. She even did a PSA for Clinton in which Dunham strips down to a  “sensual pantsuit.”

Another Twitter user suggested that perhaps Lamby had not shown the right amount of emotion when Clinton lost, leading to his eventual eviction from the Dunham casa.

 

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