Antonio Shaw, 63, died two months after being attacked by pit bulls in West Philadelphia.
Man Dies of Injuries
Philadelphia, PA - A 63-year old man that was attacked by pit bulls in October has died of his injuries. Antonio Shaw died on December 4 while hospitalized at Lankenau Hospital. The attack occurred on October 4 when Shaw mistakenly went into the wrong yard in the 1500 block of North 62nd Street where five pit bulls were kept. Two of the pit bulls attacked him, police said. Shaw couldn't scream for help because he was nonverbal due to a series of strokes. A neighbor saw the attack and called 911.
Police shot both attacking pit bulls at the scene, killing one. Shaw was transported to Lankenau Hospital in critical condition. Antonio's sister, Michelle Shaw, said that doctors had to amputate one of his legs. "He had a surgery done. He had to get his leg amputated because of the dog bites and the infections in his body from the dog bites." Shaw was also battling other health conditions. His other sister, Sharese Jackson, said that "he was hanging in there, but it just turned for the worse."
NBC Philadelphia reported in October that the attack started just before 1:30 pm on North 62nd Street, but ended one street over on Robinson Street. The row homes on both streets are connected by backyards behind. Apparently, Shaw was disoriented at the time. He walked through an alleyway and opened the gate to the wrong backyard. The dogs attacked him on site, as soon as he opened the gate. The homeowner and owner of the pit bulls was not present when the dogs attacked.
In a fundraiser organized by Jackson, she states: "My Brother was in the hospital since October the 4th 2023 he was attacked by 5 pit Bulls that caused him to have serious surgery with one leg being Amputated my brother had 2 strokes before his attack by 5 pit bull dogs. He tried to hang in there but his body was too weak so God called him home on Monday 12/4/2023." The family is asking for help to pay for his funeral service on December 15, "so we can have a proper home going for my brother."
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