My neighbors have a mixed breed puppy, Marley, about a month older than Riley (that would make her about 18 weeks old) that they adopted from a shelter about 9 weeks ago. She is high energy and pretty out of control but very sweet and Riley loves to play with her. The other day we were out letting the dogs play and the 8 year old son asks, "Do you ever hit Riley?" Of course I replied that we did not and questioned why he was asking. He said, "My dad hits Marley." It was obvious that this bothered him very much. The other night we were on our way out the door for our nightly walk and I saw Marley in the yard. I was glad to see her out and started to take Riley over to play. Marley's dad scooped her up and said, "Oh no, she's in trouble." Both of the kids were out in the yard in their bath robes watching. I pictured him taking her into the house and beating her. The dog has not been to any puppy classes and it is obvious they have no control over her. The dog is basically paying for their neglect. I feel so bad for her. I bet she is back at a shelter before she is a year old. So sad.....