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Advice about a dog I think is being abused / neglected

I moved into a new neighborhood this past summer and walk my dog all hours of the day. There is a beautiful German Shepherd in a back yard down the street that seems to be left outside 24 hours per day. Her yard is fenced but she's chained to a post in the yard. She comes over to the fence for petting so she's not afraid of people but I can only pet her nose through the fence. Also, her teeth seem to be very worn down so I suspect she's chewing on the chain. Now that it's cold out, I've walked by and have seen her out at midnight curled up in a ball with frost on the leaves in her yard. I've walked by again at 5:30 am and she was still curled up in the yard. She doesn't seem to be underfed but very dispirited. I've tried to say hello to the owner but he's a recluse and perhaps using the dog for protection. I don't really know how to handle this but feel strongly that the dog is being abused, at a minimum, through neglect. Any advice on what to do? My gut instinct is telling me that I need to do something for this poor dog.


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