McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- The owner of a pit bull, along with another woman who was trying to protect her Basset Hound, were injured on Monday morning after the pit bull attacked them, police said.
Just after 8:30 a.m., McMinnville police were called to the 600 block of SE Border Lane after hearing a 70-pound gray pit bull was attacking a woman.
That woman, Celeste Burnham of McMinnville, was trying to shield a smaller dog from the attack, officers said.
The dog's owner, Amanda McCommons of McMinnville, tried to stop the attack, but the dog turned on her and began to attack her, as well.
An animal control officer thinks the male pit bull was trying to protect a second female pit bull.
As a McMinnville police officer approached the male pit bull, it broke free from McCommons and turned aggressively toward the officer. The officer shot the dog three times to stop the attack, according to Captain Dennis Marks of the McMinnville Police Department.
The dog died at the scene.
Both Burnham and McCommons were taken to Willamette Valley Medical Center. Burnham appeared to have minor injuries to her leg, but McCommons suffered a broken arm and serious lacerations to her arms and fingers during the attack, Marks said.
The other dog -- a Basset Hound named Beuford -- was taken by neighbor Hayli Victor to a local veterinary clinic.
"It was an explosion of blood," Victor said. "She has blood from her head to her toes from this dog, the Basset Hound ... it took us three hours of scrubbing to get the blood out of the car."
A spokeswoman at Baker Street Animal Hospital said Beuford had surgery to help repair a punctured lip and injured left ear.
Yamhill County Dog Control officers took custody of the second pit bull McCommons owned for its own protection.
Both the McMinnville Police Department and Yamhill County Dog Control officials are continuing their investigation.
McMinnville police said the attack serves as a reminder to ensure that, as required by law, dogs should be either adequately secured at the owner's home or on a leash if out for a walk.
Animal control officers also say it's a good reminder to get dogs spayed or neutered so they are less aggressive and less protective.