Hi, I have just been back after a year and the dog is still keept on a leash to the same tree day and night, nothing has changed. I think that dog has been stuck to the same tree for at least 3 years now. I dont know how the animal is treated with food or water, but I know that being stuck on a leash all day is not sufficient to get exercise for any animal, and it is not protected against the elements if it is always stuck in bondage outside. I do not speak Portuguese and do not frequent here often, so the best thing I can do is turn to a zoophilic union in my area. I dont not know of anyone here I can contact however, so if I could get some tips from this forum on who to contact that would be great. My area is Silves in Algarve, near the town of Albufeira.