A young Mastiff was so severely beaten by his owner that doctors had to amputate his hind leg -- but he's quickly recovering and will be available for adoption this week.
Javar, believed to be about two years old, was abandoned in an Alexandria parking lot in April, one of his hind legs swollen to more than three times its normal size.
He was found dragging it along the ground, and was immediately hospitalized.
After receiving weeks of care at the VCA Old Town Animal Hospital for an extensive infection, Javar's veterinarians had to amputate the leg.
His owner, a D.C. resident, has been charged with animal abandonment, abuse and crossing state lines without a state certificate.
Javar is on the road to recovery and will be up for adoption starting at noon Thursday. Anyone interested in adopting him is asked to visit the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter on Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria to fill out paperwork.
"We're very excited to finally have him ready for adoption," Megan Webb with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria said. "He's had a tough life, but it's gotten progressively better. He loves people."