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Lena Dunham Hits Back at Animal Shelter Over Dog Claims

Lena Dunham Hits Back at Animal Shelter Over Dog Claims

Lena Dunham is firing back at the animal shelter from where she adopted her dog Lamby after they disputed her story that her dog had been abused by previous owners.

The former Girls actress updated fans last month about how she made the “heartbreaking decision” to give up her dog and let him live at a professional facility due to the aggression he showed throughout the four years she cared for him.

“We checked the records for Lamby,” a rep for BARC Shelter told Yahoo Celebrity. “He was ‘owner surrendered, not enough time,’ so we do not know where she got ‘multiple owners that abused the dog.’” The rep then went on to say he would have told Lena if the dog had issues and that the shelter does not “lie about the dogs’ histories because that gets them returned.”

Lena took to Instagram on Thursday night (July 6) to say how much the shelter’s statement hurts her.

“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,” she said.

Click inside to read Lena Dunham’s full statement…

Read Lena Dunham’s full statement below

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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