Lena Dunham's latest gaffe / argument / whatever is a strange one.
Lena Dunham recently gave her dog Lamby over to caregiving facility in Los Angeles so it could receive the care it needed. According to Dunham, "Lamby suffered terrible abuse as a pup that made having him in a typical home environment dangerous to him and others," and that she and her boyfriend, musician Jack Antonoff, "needed to be responsible to ourselves, our neighbors and especially our beloved boy." Lamby the dog was a regular fixture on the set of Girls, and Dunham had written about the trials of dealing with a formerly-abused dog in a piece in The New Yorker, where she claimed that "multiple owners" had abused the dog.
Dunham had the dog for four years and adopted him from a dog shelter in Brooklyn called BARC. However, a spokesperson for that shelter is now disputing pretty much all of Dunham's stories about Lamby, and in particular Lamby's history of abuse. In an e-mail exchange to Yahoo!, BARC say that Lamby was never abused - and they've got the receipts to prove it. "We checked the records for Lamby," said BARC spokesperson Robert Vasquez.
"He was ‘owner surrendered, not enough time,’ so we do not know where she got ‘multiple owners that abused the dog.’... 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? 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."
BARC spokesperson Robert Vasquez went a step further, and said that he finds it "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."
Dunham has since responded to BARC's claims in a lengthy Instagram post, which we've posted below. The main thing is, of course, that the dog is doing fine and is in a much better place. The bigger question is why Lena Dunham felt she had to lie about the dog's history when BARC's records say different. Is BARC lying about the dog's records? Or is Lena Dunham lying that the dog was abused? She doesn't address the discrepancy between BARC's records and her statements on the dog's history in her response below, so figure that one out.
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.
Via Yahoo! / Instagram