I was driving through a lovely (not) little town nearby called "Union City" here in PA, Known for it's vast collection of Rednecks and Meth heads... anyhoo, I saw this dog that was chained up to the front door, with about 5 feet of leash, way below freezing, covered with mud (had clearly been outside for a long time), without enough room to really do anything. Nothing to keep this dog amused other than passing cars. But this isn't a rare thing, it's quite common. Why the hell do people who don't care about dogs own dogs? Or any pets for that matter. Aside from the fact that outdoors, without shelter is inhumane, and a dog can actually freeze to death, they are social (pack) animals. If you seperate them from any kind of family, dog or otherwise, it's horrible. One time at a party (mind you, I don't drink) just to make a point to people who were drunk, I sat out in the snow/rain for ten solid minutes with my paws in the snow (and my friend videotaped it for some reason) and I would like to confirm reports that it does in fact suck. I'm not going to even get into animal abuse in the physical sense. I've heard some stories that honestly haunt me, and make me sick to even think about it, and it's an enraged sick. If I ever saw anyone beating their dog, I would kill them, period. I just like dogs more than people I guess, but then again if I saw someone beating someone who clearly didn't deserve the beating they were getting, I might do something similar. But what the hell... why isn't their laws against this? We've got all these animal rights people who are crazier than I am... why are people still doing this?