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One man crushes finger; another injures arm; pit bull’s ear bitten off

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Alexandra Hillard

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 11:41 am | Updated: 10:41 am, Mon Oct 3, 2011.

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.

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  • The Mint posted at 8:45 am on Sun, Oct 2, 2011.

    The Mint Posts: 113

    In all fairness to the Pitbull the human jaw/muscle group is as efficient if not more so (i.e. the allegation of the pitbull's ear being "bitten off").

    In ordinary parlance, muscular "strength" usually refers to the ability to exert a force on an external object—for example, lifting a weight. By this definition, the masseter or jaw muscle is the strongest. The 1992 Guinness Book of Records records the achievement of a bite strength of 4,337 N (975 lbf) for 2 seconds. What distinguishes the masseter is not anything special about the muscle itself, but its advantage in working against a much shorter lever arm than other muscles.

    In fact, the bite of a human being is considered to be one of the worst bites in terms of infection potential (all the nasty stuff and things we humans stick in our mouths that then incubate!).

    All this begs the question that if two Yorkies (Yorkies are toy dogs, mind you) got in the same squabble and one of them nipped the human trying to break up their disagreement...would the Yorkies have likewise gone to dog jail?

    Would the human have been cited / jailed for violation of OR Statute 167.320 (Animal Abuse in the 1st Degree - allegedly biting the dog's ear off)?

    Seriously, though, the cops did the right thing given the situation. I agree with RiverBear, not enough money to pay "the Thin Blue Line" for what they see, do, and experience over the course of their careers.

  • The Mint posted at 8:21 am on Sun, Oct 2, 2011.

    The Mint Posts: 113

    From Pitbull Lovers.com regarding Pitbull myths -

    MYTH - American Pit Bull Terriers have 1600 P.S.I. in jaw pressure

    Dr. Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia states, "To the best of our knowledge, there are no published scientific studies that would allow any meaningful comparison to be made of the biting power of various breeds of dogs.

    There are, moreover, compelling technical reasons why such data describing biting power in terms of "pounds per square inch" can never be collected in a meaningful way. All figures describing biting power in such terms can be traced to either unfounded rumor or, in some cases, to newspaper articles with no foundation in factual data."

    MYTH: American Pit Bull Terriers lock their jaws.

    Dr. Brisbin: "The few studies which have been conducted of the structure of the skulls, mandibles and teeth of pit bulls show that, in proportion to their size, their jaw structure and thus its inferred functional morphology, is no different than that of any breed of dog.

    There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of "locking mechanism" unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier.

    This is actually a pretty interesting website on the subject.

    Just say'in...

  • buffie9 posted at 11:36 pm on Sat, Oct 1, 2011.

    buffie9 Posts: 3

    Anyone who believes pitbulls have the ability to lock their super-strong jaws together are sadly mistaken. Just sayin'. ( <----I hate that phrase)

  • ashleynan7872 posted at 7:21 pm on Sat, Oct 1, 2011.

    ashleynan7872 Posts: 2

    Once again ignorant people... First off Mikey's birthday happened to be the night that all of this happened.. Your so quick to judge because this guy was trying to enjoy is birthday? Noboday drove.. in fact if the article would have been correct.. it would have said that mikey was recieving a sober ride home that night and happened to stop at miss hillards to let miss hillards dog back in the house.. because the two people in the house were sleeping. Ms. Hillard was not high on drugs.. she'd been sleeping since 12 o'clock that night. I personally witnessed her drink at the bar and then watched her take a cab home. She wasn't on drugs. (this is first hand information) give me a break if you weren't there, then you don't know anything. And as far as being over the legal limit that only really applies or matters when driving, and considering a sober driver took them both to the hospital that statement is completely irrelevant. And what does changing your name have to do with anything as far as growing up? In fact that whole line about growing up is completely off subject. So stop with the gossiping, all three people involved in this are suffering enough. Sounds like if anyone needs to grow up its Lostboys, considering every statement just made was all gossip.

  • The Mint posted at 4:48 pm on Sat, Oct 1, 2011.

    The Mint Posts: 113

    Article dated 1 October 2011 -

    Astoria has dealt with pit bulls and their owners before. This is a reminder why. Add the alleged behaviors of those involved in the most recent incident, including the owner(s), and you have a formula for disaster.

    Reuters) - A 20-month-old girl died after being attacked by as many as three pit bulls Friday evening inside an apartment house in West Haven, Connecticut, police said on Saturday.

    After a neighbor from downstairs called police, officers and paramedics arrived at the top-floor apartment at about 6:13 p.m. Friday and found the toddler on the floor, bleeding and unconscious, said West Haven Police Officer Bret Schneider.

    She was rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, he said. West Haven is located a few miles south of New Haven on the central Connecticut coast.

    After people in the home had locked the dogs in another room, police managed to subdue and remove them from the three-story building. The dogs were then euthanized.

    "We believe all three dogs were involved in the attack, but they have to have (a) necropsy done" to determine that as part of the investigation, Officer Schneider said, referring to a post-mortem examination of the dogs.

    Police had not yet determined whether the girl was alone when the attack took place. The infant may have been with family, visiting friends who lived in the apartment and owned the dogs, said Schneider.

  • The Mint posted at 9:05 am on Sat, Oct 1, 2011.

    The Mint Posts: 113

    I think this is the first time I've heard of the pit bull being the victim[scared]

    Only question I have is who, between the two self-admitted drunks, drove to the ER?

    An arrest for DUII along the way would have made this story perfect[beam]

  • mrsjweaver posted at 5:50 pm on Fri, Sep 30, 2011.

    mrsjweaver Posts: 1

    I honestly can't believe that they would allow such slander to be published. Since when is it ok to print false information about a person and situation for the entire community to read? "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." How on earth does blood on the hands and feet indicate she was awake? If she had just woken up, she would have just enough time to answer the door, so how is it fair to say she neglected her animal? Not only are many of the statements in this article untrue, but its not fair to the people involved to be looked at in the negative light that this specific article alone puts them under. It sickens me to think that there will be no repercussions for the information given to the public, which will now give a negative impression of both men involved, the woman who was unjustly punished and pitbulls.

  • henry reardon posted at 5:42 pm on Fri, Sep 30, 2011.

    henry reardon Posts: 1

    [wink]Someone should inform the Astoria Police Department that if you tweek a pit bull hard on the tip of his nose, he or she quits biting, oh, and also they barbeque really well......

  • posted at 3:12 pm on Fri, Sep 30, 2011.


    One of the top ten reasons police earn their salaries, and probably deserve more: Dealing with idiots and pitt bulls.

  • Steveeds posted at 2:29 pm on Fri, Sep 30, 2011.

    Steveeds Posts: 5

    For you who think it was wrong to have bitten the dogs ear, how would you get a dog off your arm who will not let go.?They were not drinking like the paper says, they went over to the house to hang out and the dogs(both Pitbulls) ended up fighting.It had been Mikeys Birthday that day. both guys do have injuries and both did need surgery.. I am the uncle of Mikey the victim. Yes the lady was arrested and then let go.The reason the Dogs where fighting was that we heard that the female was in heat.The owner of the dogs was in the house at the time.. So before you make judgement on this issue, get the whole story straight..

  • PattyKate posted at 2:24 pm on Fri, Sep 30, 2011.

    PattyKate Posts: 118

    Natural Selection at work here and denizens from the shallow end of the gene pool. No further comment is needed.

  • David Douglas posted at 1:42 pm on Fri, Sep 30, 2011.

    David Douglas Posts: 268

    Oh brother, "why were the dogs fighting in the first place"?? what a stupid question. I cant believe anybody was arrested in this case. Shows you how stupid people are getting around here to make a big deal out of a fight between a couple of dogs-especially those ill bred pitbulls

  • TeamPitAFull posted at 1:16 pm on Fri, Sep 30, 2011.

    TeamPitAFull Posts: 1

    Just another case of irresponsible/ negligent ownership of animals. WHY were the dogs fighting in the first place? Why was a drunk charged with breaking it up? Where was the owner? Why did the owner not give medical aid to the injured animal? And people wonder why dogs turn on humans? Why not abuse and neglect and house a human in an unstable environment and see if they fare any better than these dogs did.


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