July 6 (UPI) -- Actor Lena Dunham is being criticized by an animal shelter for allegedly lying about her former dog "Lamby," which she described as an abused, aggressive, special needs dog she could no longer handle and had to give away to another shelter.
"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," Dunham wrote in an Instagram post on June 21. "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."
She 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."
But now the animal shelter where Dunham adopted the dog in 2013 has spoken out and accused Dunham of lying about the dog's past.
"We checked the records for Lamby," Robert Vazquez told Yahoo Celebrity. "He was 'owner surrendered, 'not enough time,' so we do not know where she got 'multiple owners that abused the dog.'"
Vazquez went on to say that Lamby "wasn't crazy" when Dunham adopted him.
"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?" Vazquex said. "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 the dogs."
Dunham gave Lamby to The Zen Dog, an alternative dog training center that specializes on difficult, abused dogs.
The Zen Dog owner Matt Beisner described Lamby as a "hot mess, and a train wreck" when he arrived, according to The Cut. Beiser also said Lamby was heavily medicated, aggressive, and drinking its own urine.
Dunham had complained about Lamby on social media before.
"We have a special-need rescue dog who has bitten me twice, under specific circumstances, in our own home... He has an amazing trainer...," she tweeted in 2014.