Reported it to the SPCA and have had a follow-up already. The inspector said the dogs are very well cared for .. they have a kennel, food and water at the back. There is a large container of dog food in the garage.
The reason for them being locked up at the back (which apparently is big enough!) is that the main gate is broken and the one dog always runs out. They have difficulty getting it back. Apparently the owner has been contacted overseas and the neighbour is waiting for him to transfer money to repair the gate. (Not likely going to happen as he only went overseas because his business folded and he was out of a job here – I very much doubt if he will send money to fix it .. I could be wrong though)
The inspector is very happy with the situation.
I have just overheard my one neighbour chatting to the neighbour in question, who is very upset that she was reported to the SPCA by ‘someone in the neighbourhood’
Oops now I feel bad 😦 How am I going to face her ! .. with a red and embarrassed face?!
(I also peeped over the wall when I was watering the garden near the wall and it is looking quite neat .. so I retract what I said about the inside – pool is still pea green !)