I haven't visited our Daily Rants for a while, and yesterday's raised a good point:
Why do people buy dogs, only to leave them outside all the time and rarely, if ever, interact with them?
I've seen several dogs get that level of inattention in my neighborhood over the years. Even when it's not criminal -- weather too cold or too hot, chain too short, etc. -- it tells us everything we need to know about the people involved.