answered by Michael Reilly, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, RRBJJ.
My new neighbors moved in, left their 140lb rottweiler outside in their new back yard and promptly went on vacation. After 2 days of constant barking, the dog mysteriously disappeared. It was quite a fiasco. Apparently no one in the immediate neighborhood had anything polite to say to our new neighbors when they went knocking on doors asking questions. A few days later the dog was back. Someone apparently let the dog out and it was picked up by animal control. I think the new neighbors got the message since I rarely hear the barking anymore. Go figure.
Terri Cutts: Animal control bylaws differ by region. We had neighbours who went away and left their chow dog outside in the heat of summer. No food, water and the only shelter was under their small back stairway. When we realized this, we gave her food & water and called animal control & the police. The dog could be very protective, so we had them come through our home to approach. (We were on good terms with her because of the food I guess. Anyway, they would not do a thing because the dog had food & water. I was flabbergasted. You mean, we have to let her starve and get dehydrated before they would act. They said yes. SMH