Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Ined Holmes, Jr., 46 dumped newborn pups in trash, pups survive

Jackson, TN

Madison County

April 23, 2016  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
aggravated animal cruelty   1 adult female & 8 pups Alleged 5/5/16 / Jackson City Court

A 46-year-old man in Jackson, Tennessee, has been arrested for dumping a litter of newborn pups, sealed inside of a plastic bag, into a dumpster behind a business. The man identified as the suspect is Ined Holmes Jr.

The crime was captured in video surveillance and the images led the authorities to Holmes Jr. The same truck, which can be seen in the surveillance footage, was found at the man's Fleming Street home. The police also discovered a dog, chained in Holmes' backyard, who is believed to be the mother of the 8 discarded pups.

Amazingly, despite being sealed inside of the plastic bag, the days old puppies survived - they have since been reunited with the mother dog, "Diamond." The pups, as well as Diamond, are receiving care from Companion Pet Rescue.   Donations to help with the care of this canine family are being accepted at: Companion Pet Rescue, P.O. Box 1772, Jackson, TN, 38302.

Holmes is facing 8 counts of aggravated animal cruelty - he has already been released from custody on a $15,000 bond. He is due back in court on May 5.

Update 4/28/16:
Store owners stated 1 of their clerks was taking out the trash Saturday night, April 23rd, when they reported hearing some noise from inside the dumpster.

Once officers got to the store and removed the pups from the dumpster, they found them inside a plastic bag that had been sealed shut, possibly just hours after being born.

  Booking photo  Courtesy of the Jackson Police Department

Holmes is set to return to court at 9:30 a.m. May 5 for a preliminary hearing.  Holmes was arraigned in Jackson City Court.

According to court documents the pups were tied in a black plastic bag and deprived of food, water and oxygen.  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 pups.  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.

Companion Pet Rescue representatives said they have all 9 dogs, including the mother, and are continuously working with the pups. The pups are still being bottle-fed every 2 hours and are doing well.  The pups are not currently available for adoption because rescuers believe they are less than a week old.

Anyone who may have 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.


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