I guess I'm posting this because I need some help thinking it through. Please read this carefully before you reply. I really don't need any lame answers.
My neighbors bought a puppy, which they treat like a stick of furniture. They never walk it, play with it, or give it any attention. They do feed it, but I've had to remind them to do it.
I felt sorry for this adorable little puppy, whom everyone seems to love as he is a real charmer. I feared that if I complained they would simply drop the pet off at a shelter and it would be euthanized.

So, I started walking the dog, playing with it, buying it toys, helping to feed it. I haven't gotten a dog myself because my lifestyle is unstable, both ecomically and physically. I didn't want to subject a dog to this, or myself. Now I am emotionally attached to this dog and he is really so loveable.
The latest is that the landlord and others have been complaining about the dog who barks at them and nips at their heels in a playful way. He is not biting, but is a border collie and this is the way he tries to get people to stop and pay attention to him.
The landlord and others egress their ajoining property through our back yard. The owner of the dog has been keeping the dog chained and I have been lengthening the chain, feeling sorry for the dog in the 100 degree plus heat. There is shade, but not much room to run around.

So, I have become the bad guy for letting the dog have a few more feet to run around. It is illegal in our city to chain a dog outside.

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In response to our landlords complaining and threats about the dog, I finally wrote him a check for $50 to buy materials for a section of fence to complete a old fence that was partly taken out by him and partly destroyed by another neighbors dog. I helped put in the fence which a good day's work.
Now I see that the dog no longer has to be chained, but really has not much more room to run about than he had before, but at least he has no chain to get caught on things. I am however worried that he will eventually figure out a way to break out of the fencing.
Now the owner of the dog, the one who ignores him and TWICE I caught him abusing the dog by playing rough with it to the extent that it shrieked in pain-he now is careful to watch out for me, since he knows I despise this kind of treatment. If I video taped it, I could have him criminally charged for animal abuse.
Now the owner is *** off at me for fencing our backyard for the dog. I think it's because we didn't get his approval or he wants the backyard to be open. He rarely, if ever uses it.
I am really tired of all this. I don't want to see the dog given up to some shelter, but it is starting to cause me real problems that I don't need. Plus it is getting to be expensive.
If anyone has any good ideas on how to deal with this situation, I'm all ears. I would like to stay on good terms with this neighbor, but it's getting difficult.
(snipped long story of dog with bad "parents"...) I am really tired of all this. I don't want to see ... this situation, I'm all ears. I would like to stay on good terms with this neighbor, but it's getting difficult.

I agree with others here: buy the dog. And start by offering half what you are really willing to offer for the dog, so you have some room to negotiate.
My opinion is that you needn't worry about being on "good terms" with this neighbor. He seems the unstable type who might turn on you for *no* reason at all...

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I would report it to the authorities. Let them know what's going on - otherwise you're doing the dog no good. Then tell them that you'll help find the dog a decent home. That's the best you can do for the dog, since you can't keep him yourself. Don't worry about being on good terms with the neighbor - who'd want to be or even care?!
To be honest, I don't think your neighbor just bought the puppy to abuse, and I don't think anyone will bought a puppy to abuse. Most likely he just doesn't know how to deal with the dog, and he losts patient.
They never walk it, play with it, or give it any attention. They do feed it, but I've had to remind them to do it.[/nq]I don't know how old is that puppy, but my vet and the pet store where I bought mine from, forbidden me to walk my puppy before 4 months old because they said the puppy will catch fleas and other adult dogs' sickness. So maybe that is what your neighbor is concerned? (My neighbor's dog is older he still doesn't allow it out coz he doesn't want him to catch fleas and sickness) You said they never play with it but they were caught playing rough with it twice? Did they not play with it or they just don't know how? As for feeding, the vet told me to feed a puppy once or twice or 3 times a day is enough (I was amazed when he told me, ONCE??), maybe he choses to feed only once? Unless you are looking at the dog's bowl 24/7 and it's still empty therefore you remind them.
So, I started walking the dog, playing with it, buying it toys, helping to feed it. I haven't gotten a dog myself because my lifestyle is

Playing with it is easy, but living with it is not. Do you clean up their dog's poop and pee also? If their dog poop and pee in their house, do you clean up their house also? If they have been puppy bitten to bleed, do you think they still dare to let their skin touch the dog's teeth? One thing I don't agree with you is, you never live with them with the dog, how can you critically think they are abusing it?
Maybe he chains the puppy in the backyard is coz he also wants the dog to be outdoor, but he doesn't want the dog run away and someone took it, yet he also doesn't want to fence the backyard, he loves the backyard open. And then you fence the backyard, how can he not *** off. Why not he just lock his dog in a crate, instead of letting the dog out letting you to see he is abusing the dog, isn't it easier for him?
When I tried to train my puppy, I was scolded by my vet BADLY, saying I am too soft to my puppy, he said I have to be strict maybe have to be a bit cruel at the beginning, to discipline the puppy, letting it know who is the master. Perhaps that puppy's owner is disciplining his dog in some sorts of ways?
If you really think they are abusing the puppy, you should get them a puppy trainer or someone with good puppy experience for a visit, to teach them how to be a puppy owner and how to discipline the puppy properly. Who knows what you are doing now is actually just spoiling the puppy and making it even worse when it grows up?
Thanks to pirate and others for replying. Reading these replies has helped me to think about the situation. If I try to get this guy on video tape and report him, the dog will probably wind up in a shelter and dead. Maybe if I show this guy the tape and tell him how I'm going to use it, he will change his behavior. As long as I am here the dog will be well cared for, but if I move he will lead a terrible life, and be terribly hurt by my absence. Maybe the best solution will eventually be a shelter/euthanasia-at least he will have known some happiness if only for a short time. The dog is happy for now. When I first decided to help this puppy,I thought maybe it's better to make this guy get rid of the dog. But then I figure some amount of a happy life is better than no happiness at all (akin to better to have loved and lost...) I don't understand people who get the kicks roughhousing animals-it's sadistic and really sick. Also, I'm not really certain how the authorities or human society, etc. will handle my complaint-knowing how screwed up everything else is in this pathetic State, it's no telling what they will do.

But the city is very anti- animal abusers and they will come down hard on the owner. The only question is how will this affect the dog; it if gets sent to the shelter, isn't better to try to curtail this guys treatment of the dog, than to report him? Also to the guy who said border collies were smart and need stimulation, you are very correct; that is the case with this dog-it is a very social animal and wants to constantly be in the company of other dogs; even tries to make friends with cats.

Also it like to chase anything that moves.

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I would report it to the authorities. Let them know what's going on - otherwise you're doing the dog no ... him yourself. Don't worry about being on good terms with the neighbor - who'd want to be or even care?!

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I guess I'm posting this because I need some help thinking it through. Please read this carefully before you reply. ... this situation, I'm all ears. I would like to stay on good terms with this neighbor, but it's getting difficult.

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I don't know how old is that puppy, but my vet and the pet store where I bought mine from, forbidden me to walk my puppy before 4 months oldbecause they said the puppy will catch fleas and other adult dogs' sickness.

That 's nonsense. If the pup is properly vaccinated, it can and should start walks at around 9 weeks. This is essential for its socialisation. I can't believe a so-called professional would tell you that. As for fleas, pups are treated with anti-flea treatment.
rough with it twice? Did they not play with it or they just don't knowhow?

From what I've read they just don't care.
As for feeding, the vet told me to feed a puppy once or twice or 3 times a day is enough (I was amazed when he told me, ONCE??),

Im amazed too. In all my years of dog experience and research I have never heard that. Pups need 3 small meals a day.
how can you
critically think they are abusing it?

If the situation is as the writer said, then it is clearly abuse.
Maybe he chains the puppy in the backyard is coz he also wants the dog tobe outdoor,

Chaining is abuse. As Anonymous Sender said it is banned in his state. It is also banned where I live. If he takes on the commitment of having a dog and wants it to be outdoor, then he should be responsible enough to provide it adequate shelter, fencing, and an area large enough for the dog's comfort.
When I tried to train my puppy, I was scolded by my vet BADLY, saying I am too soft to my puppy, he said I have to be strict maybe have to be a bit cruel at the beginning,

Cruel? Are you serious? Is your vet serious? Again, I have never heard of puppy training requiring cruelty firmness and love, yes. There is a HUGE difference between firmness and cruelty.
If you really think they are abusing the puppy, you should get them apuppy trainer or someone with good puppy ... what you are doing now is actually just spoiling the puppy and making it even worse when it grows up?

I think 1) you need to get a new vet. And 2) Learn all about dogs and training .And love for animals. You don't seem to have any idea.

To the original writer:
Sadly I agree with most of the others, in that that pup needs to leave that owner, and the owner reported to the authorities. If it goes to a pound there is a chance (small I know) that it could be adopted by a loving owners. The life it's leading right now is cruel and unnatural. You have indeed done a lot to help it, but it will only a band-aid. As for the owner, why on earth would you want to remain friendly with him?
First I don't think the pet store and the vet has any experience less than you do. AND it's just an advice basing on the cases they deal with everyday, it's up to any of us to take that advice seriously. You think it's fine and it's OK! It's your dog. Different people raise different dogs differently, I didn't say you are wrong, so don't you say my vet is wrong.

One thing very obvious that that guy didn't tell the "truth" is, First he said the owner never play with the dog, Second he said the owner was caught playing with the dog roughly twice. I don't see how "roughly" he did (I'll save it until the tape is shown), But that means he still Did play with the dog, then why is he saying the owner Never play with the dog? It really gives me a discount on how accurate the story is.