Two pit bulls were fighting, two men had been drinking.
That turned out to be a bad combination, leaving one man with a crushed finger, one man with an injured arm and one dog without an ear.
At 2:28 a.m. Thursday, the Astoria Police Department received a call from Columbia Memorial Hospital that they were treating two dog-bite victims.
When officers arrived at the hospital, they found Michael Edwards, 27, of Astoria, and Matthew Johnson, 27, of Astoria.
Johnson had injuries to his left fingers and Edwards had injuries to his hand, wrist and forearm. Edwards had to have surgery to relieve the swelling. A bone in his forearm is damaged.
Police said Edwards and Johnson had been drinking at a residence at 2659 Irving Ave. earlier in the evening, where Alexandra Hillard, 21, lived.
While there, two pit bulls began to fight each other.
When Edwards attempted to pull them apart, he was bitten on the hand, wrist and forearm, where the dog had latched on.
Johnson attempted to intervene, but was also bitten.
Edwards then bit off the dog’s ear to get him to release his forearm.
Officers attempted to contact Hillard, but no one answered at the home. Astoria Police officers obtained a search warrant to enter the residence and came back at 6:40 a.m.
They were greeted by Hillard at the door. She said she had passed out and did not know what had happened. She remembered being out with Johnson and Edwards, but did not remember coming home.
In the residence, officers found a great deal of blood. There was blood on Hillard’s hands and feet, which police said indicates she had been up during the incident.
They found a female pitbull missing an ear. The dog was locked in a room and was still bleeding. Officers said it did not appear that any aid had been given to the dog.
Officers took the dog to the Bayshore Animal Hospital for treatment. Afterward, the dog was taken to the Clatsop County Animal Shelter. The other dog, which was uninjured, was left in the home.
Hillard was booked for second-degree animal neglect. She was cited and released.
The Astoria Police Department will review the incident under the dangerous animals section of the Astoria City Code.