Authorities said they don't know why someone would spread such lies about Lady's health in the days before a court hearing Tuesday.
"Not sure what the motivation would be to try to start rumors like this, but it's obvious that not everyone is as focused on the truth as we are."
Some responded to the Police Department's post with outrage.
"... It's a damn shame someone is so damn low as to post a picture that has nothing to do with the pup that was abused and pass it off as the abused pup just to see how much outrage it can cause," one comment says.
And authorities caution social media users to question the truthfulness of information about this case that comes from anyone but them.
"If you have questions about something you see or read, send us a message and ask us about it. We will do our best to answer it for you."