Why do I have to see these things. When I walk my dogs I pass by a small apartment building, 4-plex maybe, and lately there has been a dog out on a 2nd floor balcony every time I pass by. It's not a large balcony, it's small...maybe 4' x 8'. Anyway, every damn time, no matter the time of day, there that poor dog is. Today when I went by the dog was barking at my dogs and a guy came out, no shirt on, big fat white belly hanging out. He told the dog to shut up and the dog immediately crouched down, laid down. That's a bad sign, concerns me that the dog is accustomed to being hit. So what do I do? I'm afraid that if I call Animal Control with my concerns they'll contact the guy and it will just make it worse for the dog. He'll take it out on the dog. I was thinking about knocking on the guy's door and offering to buy the dog. I'm not exactly made of money. Some of my Dad's land he left us might sell soon, though, and I could choose this as my special celebration treat to myself. Knock on the guy's door and say, "I'll give you $500 for that dog out there on the balcony. I used to have one that looked like that and she was my best dog ever!" Something like that. I don't want to put him on the defensive. Maybe I should try to make contact with one of those radical animal rights groups. This might be just the type of rescue they'd enjoy taking on. I can also research it a little more, ask around the neighborhood. Maybe the owners take the dog out for walks and stuff that I just haven't witnessed. But I did ask some kids that were near by if the dog was always out on the balcony, and they said "Yeah." I just pray that the dog has some pleasure in life, other than wasting away out on that balcony. I can't stand this kind of thing. Any ideas would be appreciated.