OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WJZ)– Neighbors near Reisterstown call police after someone witnesses something being thrown from a balcony. It turns out to be a Yorkshire Terrier.

Mike Schuh reports the dog barely survived.

Police were called to the townhouses near I-795.

“A neighbor there reported that she saw a man launch an object from a balcony,” Elise Armacost, spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Police Department, said.

“She heard the object land with a thud and when she went over she found that it was a small dog,” Armacost said.

The dog’s name is Louie. He’s a 3-year-old Yorkshire Terrier.

When police arrived, Gary Wallace, Jr. told them the dog fell. But police say Louie was intentionally thrown.

“Yeah, he’s definitely a lucky guy,” said Dr. Justin Milizio of Baltimore County Animal Control.

Louie lived. His eye is bruised and red, teeth are missing. He was in a lot of pain, but Louie lived.

“I think if it had been a few feet more, he would have expired due to the head trauma and the spine trauma he endured,” Milizio explained. “But yes, he was very, very lucky.”

Lucky, too, he was found and taken to a pet emergency room. He’s now on two painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications.

Gary Wallace? He was arrested on the spot and has been charged with animal cruelty.

Nationally known animal abuse expert, Dr. Randall Lockwood, can’t talk about this specific case, but in general about animal abusers.

“[They] are often about power and control,” Dr. Lockwood of the ASPCA said. “Someone who feels they don’t have enough control, enough power. It’s get control or maintain control in a relationship.”

As for Louie….

“He’s not in pain right now. He’s not uncomfortable either,” Milizio said.

But had a sharp-eyed neighbor not seen and heard what she did, Louie probably would have died.

The man who allegedly threw Louie off the balcony is not his owner. The owner has not called animal control. But if she does, she must pay around $600 in fees for previous infractions first. So it’s possible that someday Louie will be up for adoption.

Gary Wallace Jr. remains in jail held on $250,000 bond.

Comments (23)
  1. RNinBalto says:

    To the neighbor who reported this: THANK YOU for doing the right thing!

    How can you just throw a small 3 yr old dog from high up a building like that?
    The owner should just give the dog up for adoption since she is probably somehow related to the uneducated idiot (Gary Wallace) who is just a compulsive LIAR. May he get a few good years in prison for what this pathetic excuse of a human being has done. Then again this is another example of Maryland’s finest natives…..so ghetto (just like that poor pit bull Phoenix that got doused w/ gasoline & set on fire by those 2 stupid twins)


    1. jc says:

      Lets see if the owner can fly.

  2. Natalie Corcoran says:

    I agree with the above post!!!!

  3. Cathy says:

    I also agree. the dr said it is about power,well that is what the getto people like is just that,but to do that to a precious little thing is just beyond being human,They need to treat this just like if he injured a human,NO MORE JUSTICE FOR THE ANIMAL CRYILTY CASES !!, how many more times does this have to happen for maryland or anywhere else to take notice,they should not even give back to the owners.

  4. Shawn Theron says:

    I’ll help find a good home for Louie! it may even be mine! just let me know.

  5. Leonard says:

    They ought to throw him off of the same balcony. If he’s big enough to be willing to cause this kind of pain and injury he ought to be big enough to be willing to take it.

    1. john says:

      man look its a dog, you people are funny. the dog will heal and live a happy life.

      1. Cathy says:

        John you are just the kind of person I hope does not have a pet,that is the kind of responce that the guy thought that thre him over, IT IS JUST A DOG, well I hope one day someone takes you and throws you out a high window so I can say dont worry,it is just a person, he will heal, what a crock, so cruel and in human.. I know you have your opinnon but that is so not good.

  6. Robert Holden says:

    Thank God there are good people out there that did the right thing and called police…there are no words to describe someone who would commit such a viscious act against a dog.

  7. donnamartin says:

    I agree with RNinBalto. THANK YOU, neighbor! 🙂

  8. josecanuc says:

    good to hear little Louie will be alright

  9. Ann Marie Amato says:

    What a mess this guy is, lets throw him off the building.
    Concern Citizen – if you dont liek animals you must be a mess yourself.
    Animals have feelings also. They dont deserve that!!

  10. animal lover says:

    I hate people that try killing/hurting animals! The guy should get thrown off a balcony too !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Mandy says:

    For any people that hurt any animals, wildlife, or other people they should get the same thing done to them to see how they like it. I hope that Louie will find a good home with careing people.

  12. squaregrouper says:

    Once he is convicted, I would like to know his address

    1. Amanda says:

      Me Too Honey, Me too! I have a Nice Baseball Bat, Who gets First Swing? Me or you

  13. Carrie says:

    Concerned Citizen… I hear what your saying, but he could serve time doing community service at a local shelter or paying the community back for a year in other ways. And he SHOULD pay the community back as state and local funds paid to help this dog. He needs help though.. throwing a dog off a balcony is insane.

    1. pigeon says:

      He is NOT insane, in need of help yes, but not insane. Only a year community service – insufficient. Two years, at least, in several different animal shelters in addition to the money it cost to care for the dog. Additionally, when he goes to court the dog should not be returned to him and further he should be banned from owning ANY animal/pet for the rest of his life.

      1. Bryant Jones Jr. says:

        Most people would prefer he do all his time AWAY from animals not closer to them.

  14. Brenda says:

    Thank God Precious Louie is still alive!!!! God Bless him and may he make a quick and full recovery!!!! Sending many prayers to this Handsome sweet little guy!!!!

    So happy to hear that they IDIOT that threw him off the balcony is in jail and has a high bond!!! Hopefully noone will bail him out!!!!! Let him ROT in jail!!

  15. greenonea says:

    Hello, everyone, as a novice, I am honored to be here to share with everyone, I hope that we can live in harmony

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