Lena Dunham recently found herself questioned by fans, when Lamby, her recently adopted dog, was suddenly absent from her highly public life. Answering the inquiries, the Girls mastermind told fans that the animal was uncontrollable and needed more attention than she could provide to help him adjust to his new life. Now, a representative from BARC, the animal shelter from which Lamby was adopted, says Lena’s story is simply not true.
Lena Dunham Says Lamby Was A Problematic Pet From Day One
People reports that Lena Dunham felt compelled to make a public statement about Lamby, when the Girls writer was overrun with questions as to the pooch’s whereabouts. In an statement post, Lena revealed that she surrendered Lamby, after spending four years trying to train the dog and resolve his aggressive tendencies.
She added that keeping Lamby would require “consistent loving dog ownership,” a requirement that seems to have come as a surprise to the actress.
While Dunham may not have been prepared for the responsibilities associated with dog ownership, she did do one thing with Lamby’s best interests in mind. The Girls star found a home for Lamby with Dani Shay, someone experienced in dealing with dogs in need of special attention.
Today, Lena reveals that Lamby lives in a professional animal shelter, where Shay can provide him with one-on-one training. In addition to being a stage actress, Shay is trained in the care of rescue animals and in dealing with the trauma associated with such animals.
BARC Animal Shelter Denies Lena Dunham’s Claims: “It Wasn’t Crazy”
Meanwhile, Yahoo reports that BARC Animal Shelter is stepping up in Lamby’s behalf, asserting that the dog was a loving and friendly animal when Dunham adopted him. In fact, Robert Vazquez, a rep for the shelter, says there was no history of abuse in Lamby’s past. While Lena asserts that Lamby had “multiple owners that abused the dog,” BARC records for Lamby indicate the dog was owner surrendered by a single family.
“When she adopted the dog from us, it wasn’t crazy,” Vazquez adds in defense of Lamby. “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.”
The 2014 Vogue spread to which the BARC rep refers involved Ms. Dunham and Adam Driver in a collection of pictures taken in Lena’s home and on the streets of New York. In many of them, Lamby is also present, appearing happy and well adjusted, as if he had been trained for modeling work.
Vazquez adds that he was present for four of the times Dunham visited Lamby, prior to his adoption, and says the shelter would have informed Lena of any behavioral problems in advance. He also points out that BARC is a no-kill shelter, so they have no reason to lie about any of their dogs to secure adoption.
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