TENNESSEE -- Diamond has been reunited with her puppies almost a week after Jackson police said the litter of eight was found inside a South Jackson garbage can.
Ined Holmes Jr., 46, was arraigned in Jackson City Court on Thursday after an anonymous caller notified police that eight puppies were inside a trash bin outside a store, according to police.
Jackson police found the puppies tied in a black plastic bag and deprived of food, water and oxygen, court documents say.
The truck was later found at a home on Fleming Street, and a female dog was found in the backyard of the home with the ability to nurse the puppies, according to court documents.Video showed a man, later identified as Holmes, driving a green and gray Chevrolet pickup truck, throwing the bag from the truck and into the trash bin, according to court documents.
Companion Pet Rescue representatives said they have all nine dogs, including the mother, and are continuously working with the puppies. The puppies are still being bottle-fed every two hours and are doing well, according to the rescue organization.Police said Diamond, who appears to be the puppies' mother, was at the home when they arrived to arrest Holmes. Diamond has accepted her puppies with the help of a local rescue organization.
Holmes has been released on $15,000 bond and is scheduled to return to court May 5 at 9:30 a.m., police said.The puppies are not currently available for adoption because rescuers believe they are less than a week old.
Holmes did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Donations to Companion Pet Rescue can be mailed to P.O. Box 1772, Jackson, TN, 38302.
Anyone with information about this case, or any other crime is encouraged to contact the Jackson Police Department at (731) 425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at (731) 424-8477 or by visiting jmcrimestoppers.org to place a cyber tip.
(Jackson Sun - April 28, 2016)