The neighborhood I speak of sounds sooo much like the one you just described. You may have read a post of mine from the other day where I talked about the next door neighbor's dog, Maka, who was stuck in a tiny kennel and she's a huge GSD. She had no dog house, nothing covering the kennel. If it rained she got wet, if it was hot she was stuck in the sun...no shade! She knocked over her water and went thirsty for hours a lot of the time.
There are TONS of pit bulls kept on stakes and chains out in their yards. The dogs are bitter, lonely, and going out of their minds. The dogs all bark tons. It's so hard to keep the boys quiet when all the others are making a racket. And I don't blame them for barking non stop. Wouldn't you if you were kept on a chain in the yard with no shelter, maybe even no water, and definitely no love?