I'm confronted with an issue and need some advice - particularly from a cultural perspective.
We live in a village house and are the only people who can see into my neighbour's roof terrace.
He keeps a dog which is not being treated very well. It has no protection against the elements, except for a flimsy plastic covering over a cage in which he is sometimes locked. He is never exercised, whimpers when he sees us and urinates and defecates on the tiles. There are no toys for him to play with either.
His coat is in bad shape.
If I call the SPCA, my neighbours will definitely know it is us. I don't mind, except I want to know - what is the done thing in Chinese culture. Should I first try and talk to the old man? Seems pretty pointless as he doesn't speak English very well at all and I can only order beer in Cantonese.
I can't bear to look at the dog any longer. Not only does my heart bleed for the animal, but it is making us feel less and less like using our outdoor space. Which is a shame.
I know I want to do something about it - question is just - what is the best way to go about it.