Lena Dunham has her claws out after an animal shelter questioned her claim that her dog, Lamby, was abused before she adopted him.
The “Girls” star wrote on Instagram back on June 20 that Lamby, who Dunham adopted from BARC shelter in Brooklyn, New York, in January 2013, now has a new owner who is better able to deal with his aggression.
“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,” Dunham wrote.
“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,” she continued.
A spokesperson for BARC told Yahoo Celebrity on Thursday that he is unsure as to how the actress concluded that the dog had been abused.
“We checked the records for Lamby,” Robert Vazquez said. “He was ‘owner surrendered, not enough time,’ so we do not know where she got ‘multiple owners that abused the dog.’”
Dunham responded later that day on Instagram by saying that Vazquez is “willfully misunderstanding the truth.”
She wrote that she “would never say an unkind word about the staff of BARC” but that she and the shelter “have different accounts of Lamby’s behavior.”
Dunham added, “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.”
Her posts are below.