UPS driver recovering after pit bull mauling at a Denver apartment complex

Bite injuries required more than 80 stitches

DENVER - A UPS driver is recovering after he was viciously attacked by two pit bulls at a southeast Denver condominium complex.

Ed Kline was delivering a package Thursday at Woodstream Falls Condominiums on East Iliff Avenue when he was attacked.

"I saw insides of my body that I didn't want to see," said Kline. "It looks like the railroad built train tracks all over my arms."

Kline has 80 to 90 stitches in his arms and one of the dogs bit through his shoe and broke his foot.

"I'm backing away and all of a sudden the black one just lunges right at me. So I try to fend him off, like this, you know, trying to get him back," said Kline as he referenced his right arm.

"The little brown one got a hold of me over here," said Kline referencing his left arm. "All I see is the little dude coming right at me and his eyes, you know, just yellow, vicious eyes."

A couple nearby came to Kline's aid and helped him to safety and called 911.

"He's saying, 'You guys got to get here. You got to get here. He's bleeding all over the place. It's just terrible. I don't think he's going to make it.' And to hear that, I'm just like, 'Oh my God. Am I that bad?'" said Kline.

He wants to reunite with that couple and say thank you for saving his life.

"I never needed help before. I never needed somebody to save my butt. And I did," said Kline. "I wanted to just tell them thank you and how much I appreciate them."

7NEWS reporter Lindsay Watts spoke to one his rescuers on Tuesday night. He wants to remain anonymous for now, but said, "I hope if I was in the same situation, someone would do the same for me."

The pit bull owner, who wasn't home at the time, said her 4-year-old daughter opened the door and the dogs got out. A babysitter was supposed to be supervising.

"I'm very sorry for the gentleman," owner Irina Malaya told 7NEWS, crying by phone. "I don’t know what to say because I'm freaking out."

Malaya claimed she didn't know pit bulls are banned in Denver, and said the owner of the condo she's renting never told her. However, 7NEWS was later made aware of a posting on Malaya's Facebook page where she states: "I live in denver Pitts are not allowed so I have my dogs paper threw lakewood," on a photo of the dogs.

Malaya was cited for owning pit bulls as well as the dogs' biting. She agreed to have both dogs euthanized. Animal Control said there is no record of prior attacks.

Neighbors who saw what happened to Kline said it was horrifying.

"The guy lost a lot of blood," said neighbor Velma, who didn't want to give her last name.

She showed 7NEWS the corridor where Kline was cornered by the dogs, one of them relentless.

"This was a pretty horrific looking thing here," Velma said of the surrounding walls. "The dog was kind of in kill mode really, and it ran back and attacked him again."

Despite his gruesome injuries, Kline has concern for the girl who opened the door, letting the pit bulls out.

"I feel so bad for her and her family. If she saw what happened, how scarred is she going to be? What's going to happen to her?" said Kline.

Kline, a UPS driver of 38 years, is well-known at the complex, and neighbors are now circulating a "get well" card for him.

"He's been our driver for 20-something years," said a neighbor who goes by 'Miss D.' "We're all praying for him."

He's not sure if it's a profession he can continue.

"I can't even explain how horrific it is. To tell you the truth, I don't know if I could knock on another door," said Kline.

-- 2014 Dog Attack Rankings by City --

(Note: A total of 5,767 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2014. Eighty cities comprise the top 30 rankings as some cities reported the same number of attacks.)

Ranking

City, State

2014 Dog Attacks

1

LOS ANGELES, CA

74

2

HOUSTON, TX

62

3

SAN DIEGO, CA

47

4

CHICAGO, IL

45

5

DALLAS, TX

43

6

DENVER, CO
LOUISVILLE, KY

40

7

ST LOUIS, MO

38

8

CLEVELAND, OH

37

9

PHOENIX, AZ

35

10

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
PHILADELPHIA, PA

33

11

KANSAS CITY, MO
PORTLAND, OR

30

12

SACRAMENTO, CA

29

13

DETROIT, MI
SEATTLE, WA

28

14

LONG BEACH, CA
INDIANAPOLIS, IN
BALTIMORE, MD

27

15

MIAMI, FL
WICHITA, KS
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
FORT WORTH, TX

25

16

CINCINNATI, OH
SAN ANTONIO, TX

24

17

CHARLOTTE, NC

23

18

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
COLUMBUS, OH

22

19

OAKLAND, CA

21

20

SAN JOSE, CA
PITTSBURGH, PA

20

21

LAS VEGAS, NV

19

22

NEW ORLEANS, LA
ROCHESTER, NY
DAYTON, OH

18

23

FRESNO, CA
RICHMOND, VA

17

24

PASADENA, CA
ALBUQUERQUE, NM

16

25

RICHMOND, CA

15

26

ORLANDO, FL
OMAHA, NE
BUFFALO, NY
FLUSHING, NY
AKRON, OH
TULSA, OK

14

27

RIVERSIDE, CA
MEMPHIS, TN
AUSTIN, TX
EL PASO, TX

13

28

ARLINGTON, VA
NORFOLK, VA

12

29

CHULA VISTA, CA
FT LAUDERDALE, FL
DES MOINES, IA
EVANSVILLE, IN
LEXINGTON, KY
SPRINGFIELD, MO
RALEIGH, NC
JAMAICA, NY
SYRACUSE, NY
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
ALEXANDRIA, VA
TACOMA, WA
MILWAUKEE, WI

11

30

BIRMINGHAM, AL
LITTLE ROCK, AR
WHITTIER, CA
PUEBLO, CO
WASHINGTON, DC
JACKSONVILLE, FL
ST. PETERSBURG, FL
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
KANSAS CITY, KS
WILMINGTON, NC
STATEN ISLAND, NY
TOLEDO, OH
PASADENA, TX
SPOKANE, WA

10

 

 

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