Here's a bit of a rant, a bit of confusion. A local guy I pass/speak to occasionally has taken in a stray dog (pup from an abandoned litter) directly - not from a shelter, its only a really tiny cross breed, but recently I've seen it tied on a long lead on his porch a couple of times. The other day when passing this little dog was crying really loudly -- it was (unusually) bucketing down with rain and the dog was tied outside to a patio table leg. I couldn't see anyone around and went to fetch this dog... and found it trembling, soaked through and very upset. Poor thing virtually jumped into my hands - its really small, I'd guess 5-8 months. Although it was tied on an extended lead it couldn't get indoors or to shelter nor did it have any water. I wasnt sure whether to take this dog home... when I found this guy -- in a local bar!!! I asked if he knew it had been raining (it had been fine earlier) - he said he thought the dog would have found shelter under the table - which it was probably scared of due to the drumming rain. And anyway, why leave a little pup like that outside anyway, especially after resucing it? I'm baffled. Why bother to take this dog in then treat it like that!! When I've spoken to him before he seems to care for this little dog and proud that he'd taken it in, so I don't get why he would do this. Any ideas for how to tackle this guy if I see this kind of thing again? I wonder if this poor dog gets left outside because he's at the chewing stage?