A little background....
We live in an inner city town house, we are on one end of a group of 10, we have a small court yard (approx. 3m x 2.5m) and access to a large garden via a gate. The large garden is not well fenced so i have never left my dogs out there but they have access to the court yard and the house 24/7.
The people next door have recently acquired an adult kelpie type dog! they only have a very small court yard (approx. 1.5m x 2.5m) they got the dog over christmas and they have now gone back to work, the dog gets locked out at 7am and comes back in around 6.30/7pm, i know this because I listen to it bark, howl and cry all day! (i work from home), it also sleeps outside, it has a kennel and a water fountain and they feed it daily, so there is nothing the RSPCA can do (another neighbor called them) the poor creature never gets walked or run. I have offered to walk the dog during the day or to babysit during the day but they tell me it is just a stupid dog and it will get used to being outside. Now I doubt the dog is stupid...the owners maybe! it obviously needs to burn off some of its energy...i feel so sorry for it!
sorry for the vent but I had to tell some one that would understand.