Working for an organization that investigates and prosecutes cruelty cases, I've noticed that people have a version of the truth that suits them. So I have to chuckle and not get worked up when people tell me their version of the truth. For instance:
"My husband was away for awhile." Translation: He was in prison.
"I have health problems." Translation: I'm addicted to drugs.
"I took the dog to the vet." Translation: We drove by his office but didn't actually go in.
"I found this cat." Translation: I don't want this cat anymore.
"I own my own home." Translation: My landlord doesn't allow pets so I'm
trying to sneak it by him.