Lena Dunham‘s claims that her former dog Lamby had suffered from aggression may have been disputed by the animal shelter from which she adopted the dog, but the facility where she surrendered her dog for treatment is standing by her — revealing the dog bit three workers, drawing blood each time.
Zen Dog, an L.A. facility that works with dogs with behavioral issues, had taken over custody of Lamby at Dunham’s request. The facility’s owner Matt Beisner said Lamby displayed aggressive behaviors when anyone tried to touch him, TMZ reports.
Dunham had adopted Lamby from a Brooklyn based no-kill shelter, BARC, but announced back in June via an Instagram post that she had placed Lamby in a “professional facility” last winter after struggling with “four years of challenging behavior and aggression that could not be treated with training or medication.” Dunham went on to say that “Lamby suffered terrible abuse as a pup that made having him in a typical home environment dangerous to him and others.”
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.
This post prompted BARC to “bite” back.
“When she adopted the dog from us, it wasn’t crazy,” Robert Vazquez, a spokesman for BARC, told Yahoo Celebrity on Thursday. “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.”
In another post shared yesterday on Instagram featuring a painting Dunham made of Lamby, Dunham wrote that, “After countless hours of training, endless financial support and a lot of tears he was given access to a better life.”
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.
A source close to Dunham told PEOPLE that she had taken Lamby to at least six different vets. Several vets thought that the dog had suffered from “past abuse,” and may have even had brain damage.
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Zen Dog’s Beisner also said that Lamby had to be heavily medicated, had a nasty temperament, and was drinking its own urine. He also said that Duhman has been having “frequent in depth conversations,” about Lamby’s progress at the facility.
Beisner added that one of his former staffers has since adopted Lamby.