An Edgewater Police officer shot and killed a dog after it went after a postal worker, bit another officer and was in the process of biting him Monday afternoon.
At around 2:12 p.m. officers received a call from a postman who said he was being attacked by a large pit bull, a large Rottweiler and an unknown third dog.
He said the dogs had him pinned on a front porch of a residence in the 2400 block of Newland Street and at least two of the dogs broke through a screen window and began chasing him.
Responding officers found two teenagers trying to control two of the dogs.
According to Steve Davis, a spokesperson for the Edgewater Police Department, as officers got out of their cars and approached the teens the Rottweiler slipped out of the collar and attacked the officers, biting him several times in the thigh area.
He was able to get away as the dog went after the other officer.
“The Rottweiler pinned the second officer up against his patrol car, and the officer pulled his service weapon and shot the dog one time in the head after being bit by the dog,” Davis said.
The first officer was treated and released at the scene. The second officer was treated by paramedics and was released a short time later after being treated at the emergency room. The pit bull was removed from the residence following the incident.
Officers responded to the same address in May of 2011 twice in one day on an animal complaint that involved the same dogs.
In that case, the same pit bull was impounded after officers received complaints that it was chasing the same postman trying to bite him.
Edgewater also responded to the same address prior in 2010 and have given the same owner warnings as well. The name of the dog owner was not released. Charges are pending until a further investigation is completed.
Update August 3, 2011 - The following article is by Jeffrey Wolf, KUSA:
Homeowner charged after police officer shot dog
Police have charged a homeowner in connection with an incident where a police officer shot a dog after it bit him and one other officer earlier this week.
On Monday, Edgewater Police responded to a call in the 2400 block of Newland Street at 2:12 p.m. after a postal carrier called 911 stating he was being attacked by a large pit bull, a large Rottweiler and another dog. The carrier says two of the dogs broke through a screen door and began chasing him.
When officers arrived, they say two teenage girls were attempting to control the pit bull and the Rottweiler. As the officers got out of their vehicle and approached the girls and the dogs, the officers say the Rottweiler got out of its collar and ran, full speed, towards one of the officers, attacking him.
The officer was bit in the thigh several times. He was treated and released at the scene.
After the first officer was able to get away from the Rottweiler, police say the second officer was pinned against his patrol car by the dog. The officer says he was bitten by the dog, and then he pulled out his weapon and shot the dog one time.
The second officer was taken to the emergency room and was released.
Police have charged the homeowner, Mario Gonzales, with three counts on each of the two animals that were at his residence on the day of the incident. These charges include possessing vicious animals, animals running at large, and having dogs without a rabies inoculation and tag. All the charges are misdemeanors.
Each of the charges carries a maximum fine of $999 and up to 180 days in jail.
Officers say the pit bull went back into the home after the officer shot the dog. Police say the dog was taken from the home before they had a chance to impound it.
Police say family members of Gonzales are not cooperating with police in identifying where they took the pit bull involved in this incident.
Officers have impounded the pit bull before. They were called to the same house twice in one day in May after police received calls that the pit bull was chasing and trying to bite the same postal carrier. Investigators say they will follow up with the owner and attempt to impound the pit bull again.
Police were also called to the same address in 2010 and have issued the same warnings to the owner before.
Update August 6, 2011 - The following article is from The Denver Post:
Edgewater pit bull surrendered in biting case
The pit bull suspected of charging and attempting to bit a mail carrier in Edgewater on Monday has been turned over to police today.
Mario Gonzales, who lives at the home where the attack occurred and owns the pit bull, and Levi Moreauc who police believe was harboring the dog, brought the dog to police this morning, according to a news release from the Edgewater Police Department.
The dog, named "Spooky," was taken to the Foothills Animal Shelter, located at 580 McIntyre Street in Golden. Spooky is being held on a police hold pending a court disposition.
On Monday, Spooky and a Rottweiler broke through a window screen and chased the mail carrier in the 2400 block of Newland Street.
The mail carrier called 9-1-1 and used mail to fend off the dogs.
When police arrived, they found two teenaged girls trying to control the dogs.
The Rottweiler slipped lose and attacked one of the officers. The dog bit him several times on the thigh before the officer escaped. The Rottweiler then attacked the other officer, who shot the dog in the head.
Both policemen were treated by paramedics for their injuries.
The Gonzales , who owns the Rottweiler, faces six counts - three for each dog - of having a vicious animal, animals running at large and failure to have rabies inoculation and tag.
Gonzales will have to answer to a municipal judge at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
Police responded to a complaint that the same dogs chased the same mail carrier in May, and had issued a warning to the dog's owner last year.
Records show Gonzales has had numerous run-ins with authorities, including a two-year prison sentence in 1995 after pleading guilty to an attempt to possess more than 8 ounces of marijuana.
He served a year of probation after an assault in a case characterized in court records as domestic violence in 2005. He also was sentenced to six months of probation after pleading guilty to forgery in Lakewood in January of last year.
Update August 9, 2011 - The following article is from KWGN:
Edgewater man issued citation in pit bull, Rottweiler attack
An Edgewater man was fined 780-dollars on Tuesday for harboring ‘vicious’ dogs which were involved in an attack on a mail carrier and police officers earlier this month.
Mario Gonzalez was charged 300-dollars per dog, plus 180-dollars in administrative fees.
On Aug. 1, police say Gonzalez’s pit bull and Rottweiler attacked a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier after breaking through window screen at his home in the 2400 block of Newland Street.
The Rottweiler was eventually shot and killed by Edgewater Police after attacking two responding officers.
The pit bull went missing after the incident until Aug. 6 when Gonzalez surrendered the dog to authorities, police said.
Edgewater Police Det. Steve Davis said the pit bull had been previously confiscated from Gonzalez’s family.
An Aug. 23 hearing will determine the dog’s fate.
- Agressive Edgewater Pit Bull Turned Over To Police - KMGH