Lena Dunham has taken to Instagram to explain her ‘heartbreaking’ decision to give up her recue dog, Lamby and responds to Robert Vazquez, a spokesman for the BARC, comment.
Dunham, the writer, producer and actor best known for the HBO series “Girls,” adopted Lamby in January 2013 and introduced Lamby to the world via his own Instagram account, a Vogue editorial spread, and a New Yorker essay.
The Lena announced that her rescue dog no longer lives with her in Brooklyn and L.A. "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," she wrote. "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."
"Lamby suffered terrible abuse as a pup that made having him in a typical home environment dangerous to him and others," said Dunham. "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," the Emmy winner wrote. "...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."
"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," she added. "You will always have been your dog's first stop outside shelter life and that's beautiful."
Robert Vazquez, a spokesman for the BARC no-kill animal shelter where she adopted Lamby, issued a statement on Thursday stating that dog didn’t have a long history of abuse.
“When she adopted the dog from us, it wasn’t crazy,” Vazquez told Yahoo Celebrity. “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.”
“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 continued. “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 the dogs.”
In a response Dunham posted to Instagram on Thursday, "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," wrote Dunham. "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," she continued. "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," Dunham wrote. "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."