About January a younger couple, mid 20'sh or something, moved in across the drive. I haven't met them formally but from what I gather the male doesn't have much in the way of a career or serious steady work. The female, I don't know what she does as she is in and out and around all day. I don't think they have any kids. I'm not even sure if either of them owns a vehicle legally. They seem to tinker with oddball stuff around the front yard, kind of like junk sellers or what not. But none of that is my concern, none at all. My concern is for the new puppy they got about a month ago. It's an adorable little pit bull, brown with some white accents. A few weeks ago the puppy began to get it's legs and bark (puppy bark) and that's about when the problems began. These 2 dirtbags drag the puppy out at 7am and stick him in a pen, all the while yelling at him to "shut up", "calm down", "sit down", "be quite" and on and on and on, all accompanied by physical abuse. There they leave the puppy, unattended and practically ignored until evening time when they drag him back inside. Anytime they are in the yard and the puppy makes a sound or horseplays the verbal and physical abuse continues. Anytime I come out they immediately stop the abuse. The behavior is the same from both of them. Last week while upstairs I heard the puppy trying to get his bark on in the morning. Out the window pops the males head and he screams "shut the **** up! shut the **** up or I will kill you!". So at that moment I donned some clothes, put on my shoes, and went outside with a cup of water, walked over to the pen and placed it inside for the puppy. The whole time the puppy just wags his tale and looks at me while the male is gawking from the upstairs window. I left without saying a word an heard nothing more the rest of the day. Today while sitting at my desk I hear more trash, but this time it's from the female. The puppy was squealing and carousing, obviously looking or affection. This female starts in with her "shut up", "sit down", "be quite" and on and on. When the puppy doesn't comply after about 10 commands she throws out a "shut the **** up, or I will drown you!". It was at that moment I called 911 and reported and emergency. I explained the story to the operator and she put me in touch with the desk at the Bennignton PD. I related the story again to the officer on the phone, only this time in more detail going back to about when this problem began. I made it clear to the officer that I felt that this was a serious problem, that it was highly unlikely I would be able to sit idly by and allow a puppy to be tortured and abused in front of me. So aside from alerting the Police, does anyone have any other suggestions of recourse I might take. And make no mistake, I have no reservations of crossing the drive and stopping any abuse that may be done onto this puppy. I'm just wondering if there is something that can be done to prevent such a travesty.