I was awakened last night (1 am) by the persistent barking of a dog outside my window, so I got dressed, strapped on a pistol, and went to put an end to my frustrations one way or another. What I found was a very large pit bull, on a chain, hung up in my yard. Now, I'm a sucker for neglected dogs (hate people, love dogs). I've seen this dog before, fenced in a yard across the street, so I woke them up and told them I had their dog. The lady told me "we don't have a dog"........ I told her I've seen the dog living in their yard, she insisted "we don't have a dog". wtf So I go back to the dog, make friends with a piece of bologna, give it a blanket, some food and water, and call the police to have animal control to come get it. I stayed up all night with this barking dog, poor thing, it was 25 degrees outside last night, and it was very scared. About 8 am the daughter of the people across the street comes home, sees the dog and comes over to get it, said she was keeping it for a friend. I told her to get lost, animal control was on the way, and reamed her out for several minutes about taking care of her animals, which was light compared to the lashing she got from my wife. Finally about 9am, the animal control guy shows up with a cop and pick up the dog. After talking to the girl, the cop cited her for abandoning an animal, and they took the dog to the shelter. The ac guy told me he'd try to make sure they didn't get the dog back, I doubt they'd even try anyway. The dog had been a fighter, haphazardly cropped ears and lots of old wounds, but was a sweetheart once he realized you wouldn't hurt him. I would love to chain up those scumbags in the yard and make them freeze out there without food or water for a night. Anyway, in the end, the dog may be put down anyway, but I'd rather see that done humanely than he have to live in the hell that those people provide for him. It just aint fair man.