Postal Worker Says Dog Killed By Officer Was ‘Snarling, Biting’

EDGEWATER, Colo. (CBS4) – A postal worker who got cornered by several dogs before a police officer shot and killed one of them says he was very scared during the incident.

It happened on Monday afternoon in an Edgewater neighborhood near 24th and Newland.

Brian Bogle told CBS4 Tuesday that two of the dogs broke through a screen door and pinned him on a nearby porch.

“I looked back and I saw the rottweiler and the pit bull halfway hanging out the window,” he said. “As soon as I saw that and I heard the nails scratch from them jumping out the window, I started running.”

There was so much confusion that the 911 operator couldn’t hear Bogle over the barking dogs after he called for help.

“There’s something in the background that’s louder than you,” the operator is heard saying during the call, which was obtained by CBS4.

“It’s a dog,” Bogle said.

“Are you being attacked by a dog?” the operator said.

“Yes I am. … He’s right here in my face. I cannot move.”

An Edgewater police officer responded and one of those dogs wound up biting him. The officer then shot and killed the animal.

“(The officer) took his hand and shoved the head of the dog away and that’s when he shot the dog,” Bogle said.

The owner is now facing charges for having an aggressive dog.

Bogle said he has had issues around the home the dogs came from before.

“For the past six or seven months I’ve had to watch my back because I know the dogs are there,” he said on Tuesday.

As a way to protect himself during Monday’s attack Bogle says he shoved mail in the mouth of one of the dog in an effort to get it not to bite him.

“He was snapping, biting, snarling, barking at me,” Bogle said.

Bogle said he knows dealing with violent dogs is a regular part of the experience of most postal workers, but that doesn’t mean he has to like it.

“That’s my job. … Rain, sleet, snow, dogs.”


One Comment

  1. Rebecca says:

    I would love to know if the dog that bit the policeman was the same one that got a nail shoved into its mouth- if so, seems the dog had good reason to bite. Until the postal worker harmed one of the dogs, none of the dogs actually harmed him.

    A big problem is that not all people correctly interpret a dog’s intentions. In this case, a wiser course of action would have been for the police officer to either get animal control to control the dogs or the owner.

    The postal worker, while uncomfortable, was not being injured. If he had not assaulted one of the dogs and just stayed put, this may have ended without anyone getting bit or shot.

  2. ME says:

    It was MAIL not a NAIL! Oh brother.

  3. Woof Positive says:

    It’s amazing how most people don’t know how to handle dogs. Doesn’t that idiot mailman carry any pepper spray??? Unbelievable. The dog that was shot could have been taken it to a shelter and got adopted to a family that knows how to train dogs. Sad.

    1. Jim says:

      I can’t call you a idiot, but I can sure think you are

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