Padilla was also cited for violating Denver's pit bull ordinance, which in some instances includes euthanizing the animals.
Officers described the pit bulls as "extremely massive." Padilla told police he recently arrived from Texas and was keeping the animals at the house as he prepared to move to a home in Brighton.
Neighbors called police after hearing dogs barking.
He said the animals, which officers said had old blood stains on their fur, were for show.
"Anyone that is familiar with show dogs would know that these dogs were in no condition to be in the show ring," Quinones said.
Paramedics were unable to find Padilla's fingertip.