Lena Dunham Shocks Fans By Revealing That She Gave Up Her Dog Lamby

“This has been really heartbreaking to talk about.”

Lena Dunham is no stranger to courting controversy, but one recent announcement has left fans (and haters) completely shocked: She rehomed her beloved dog, Lamby.

The rescue poodle had been a mainstay of Lena’s Instagram, and then eventually got an account of his own (@lamby_antonoff), so followers had been quick to notice the pup’s sudden absence. In response, the Girls star shared a lengthy and emotional Instagram post detailing her “heartbreaking” decision to give up her dog.

“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.”

Lena went on to explain that Lamby had “suffered terrible abuse as a pup that made having him in a typical home environment dangerous to him and others.” But this isn’t news: In 2013, Lena penned a New Yorker essay detailing Lamby’s aggressive behavior towards herself and her longtime boyfriend, Jack Antonoff, and she has Tweeted that Lamby bit her (drawing blood!) multiple times. In her post, she even speaks to having gotten “tetanus shots and stitches.”

While we always and forever appreciate when celebrities choose to rescue dogs in need, we aren’t sure if Lamby was capable of true “rescue” without extremely focused dedication, training, and supervision. We are glad that he has been rehomed into a facility where he will receive the proper attention and care that he requires.

You can read her full disclosure below.

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.

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