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Lena Dunham Checks Dog Into Facility to Treat Aggression: 'One of the Toughest Decisions'

Playing Lena Dunham Checks Dog Into Facility to Treat Aggression: 'One of the Toughest Decisions'

Lena Dunham has taken to Instagram to admit to inquiring fans that she had to put her dog of four years, Lamby, in a facility that treats aggressive dogs.

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Dunham explained that she had to get the dog retrained as the Los Angeles facility, called Zen Dog, due to Lamby’s aggressive nature.

“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,” she wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.

 

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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Dunham tweeted that Lamby "suffered terrible abuse as a pup that made having him in a typical home environment dangerous."

She says Lamby was so aggressive he once bit her on the behind, after which she posted an image of her bloody underwear. The Girls creator called giving up Lamby "one of the toughest decisions" of her life.

Dunham adopted Lamby at a shelter in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2013. Officials are now insisting there is no evidence Lamby had been abused prior to his adoption.

In fact, Lamby had shown no signs of being aggressive to humans or other dogs previously, the shelter said.

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“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,” Dunham wrote on Instagram.

Trainer Matt Beisner took care of Lamby when he ended up at Zen Dog.

"She and I had conversations about how she was going to be perceived publicly, knowing she was going to do what was best for the dog and that it was not going to go over very well. She was willing to do that,” he said. 

Zen Dog says Dunham did the right thing by bringing the dog there. They have since adopted Lamby out to a new home.

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