12-20-2015, 08:48 AM
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I'm sorry, but six pitbulls chained in the backyard who've gotten thin, lethargic, and covered in sores? That's bordering on a call to animal control.
I'm glad you got them into some sort of shelter, though I'm not sure about Louisiana, but up here in NC it's rarely been cold enough, even at night, to worry about dogs getting too cold. Do they have straw or blankets in their dog houses? Plenty of short-haired dogs (I'm thinking of hunting dogs around here) stay outdoors all of their lives, even when it's really cold. The hunters make sure they have a lot of hay/straw/whatever in their dog boxes to snuggle up in and they do just fine. But it's probably good that if the dogs are in a bad way they don't have to worry about staying warm on top of everything else. That loss of body fat will make it considerably harder for them to stay warm.
I don't know what your mother/brother feeds or how much, but it might be good to check. Has there been a change in what they eat recently?
Also, you mention the one "in a cage" up off the ground being in better health. Has it been very wet in Louisiana? A lot of rain? Because it's been VERY wet up here and combined with the unseasonably warm weather, the bugs just have not died off yet. My pit-mix has sensitive skin and gets some minor irritation on his belly and back legs just from being outside running in the wet grass and mud. He's dried off and sleeps inside the house all night, and is in a large room in my horse barn during the day, but I can imagine if he was left out on the wet ground 24/7, he'd probably have scratched and dug himself raw in several places.
Finally, the best scenario for these dogs would be that some (actually, all) of them find new homes where they will be allowed to come indoors and really be treated like members of someone's family. I don't know why your brother has or needs six dogs that he just leaves chained in his mother's backyard, but it's really not a good life for those poor dogs.