Dog thrown from Prince William County balcony, needs $2,600 surgery

      Dexter needs $2,600 in surgery after being thrown from a balcony last week. Photo: Prince William County Animal Shelter

      DALE CITY, Va. (WJLA) - A border collie at the Prince William County Animal Shelter is recovering from injuries he sustained when he was thrown off a balcony last Thursday, breaking his leg in four places.

      Officials aren't sure who owns Dexter, as they've named him, but he already has many new friends and potential new owners.{ }

      “[Doctors] performed surgery on him on Saturday and they put four pins in his leg. He now has a cast on, which he has to keep on for at least three weeks,” says Capt. Dawn Harman, the{ }Prince{ }William County Police Department's Animal Control bureau director.

      Police say a man leaving for work near Caroline and George streets saw someone toss a bundle off of a two-story apartment landing into the parking lot below.{ }

      "They saw a figure throw something black into a parking lot and then they heard a loud squealing, yelping, and they were kind of frightened and said, "What was that noise?'" Harman says.{ }

      The man scooped Dexter up and took him to the vet.{ }

      Dexter ended up at the Prince William County{ }Animal Shelter, though Harman is keeping him at her home for now.{ }

      The shelter is getting call after call from people wanting to help Dexter.{ } Donations are being accepted to defray the $2,600 surgery bill. Dexter will also require follow-up vet visits and maybe even therapy. If you'd like to help Dexter, click here.

      The young dog was not wearing a collar or ID, but he showed no signs of abuse. He will be available for adoption Friday.{ }