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Athena Anderson hospitalized with infection after dog attack, says right leg is "at risk for amputation"

Adult star bitten by friend's mini-pit bull mastiff while breaking up fight

By Austin King / Editor

Jul 9, 2023

Adult star Athena Anderson has been hospitalized since Friday in West Hills with an infection that could result in the amputation of her right leg.

The infection stems from a bite Anderson sustained on June 22 while breaking up a dog fight at her home. Anderson's wound became infected and—despite multiple rounds of antibiotics and trips to the emergency room—the condition worsened to the point where she could hardly walk.

"The infection penetrated past the tissue and into the bone," Anderson told PornCrush late Saturday night.

"I'm at risk for amputation. The doctors have tried to prepare me. It's out of my hands. It's out of my control. I'm staying positive and doing the best that I can, but it's been a very difficult journey."

Anderson, 31, was listed in stable condition Sunday at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center. She is expected to be transferred early this week to UCLA Medical Center, where she will receive treatment from an infectious disease specialist.

"I'm not going to get stressed about it," Anderson said from her hospital bed. "When you stress about things you live through them twice. It is what it is. I'm here right now. If (the amputation) happens, well … shit, it's not what I planned. But I'll get through it. I'll be fine."

Anderson said she was acting instinctively June 22 when her friend's mini-pit bull mastiff attacked her German shepherd during a fight over a toy in her backyard. When the pit bull "went for the neck," Anderson jumped in and attempted to separate the dogs. She says the pit bull bit her lower right leg, his teeth penetrating through her skin and into her bone.

"I'm pretty tolerant of pain," Anderson, a former Division I softball player, said. "I just walked it off and put a band-aid on it and called it a day. But the next day it was super red and hot to the touch and swollen and throbbing."

A doctor in Woodland Hills diagnosed Anderson with a staph infection and gave her a steroid shot and prescribed antibiotics. But over the next week her condition worsened to the point where she could hardly walk. A visit to the emergency room on June 30 led to another round of ineffective antibiotics.

Anderson underwent an MRI on July 5 and had the abscess drained. Two days later—when the results of her MRI came back—Anderson received a frantic call from her doctor.

“It was very scary,” Anderson said. “He was like, ‘You need to go to the emergency room right now. The infection has spread past the tissue. It’s deep into your bone. You could lose your limb. So please go. Immediately.’

“I freaked out.”

Anderson has been in the hospital ever since. She fears she’s become immune to antibiotics.

“Because I have an autoimmune disorder, my body isn’t capable of fighting this infection by itself or with the aid of medicine,” Anderson said. “I'm just waiting it out. I”m making a bunch of TikToks. I’m bored. I ready to go play sports again and be with my friends.”

Despite the situation, Anderson says she doesn’t hold any ill-will toward the dog that bit her or its owner.

“He’s a puppy,” Anderson says. “I think that was the first time he’d ever been aggressive. And my dog is a sweet angel. He won’t bite back at all. It was such an intense moment and I reacted instinctively. I don’t know that I could’ve handled it any other way. If I hadn’t have done something it could’ve been worse.”

Along with being a top-tier adult performer, Anderson is known throughout the industry for her upbeat energy and spirit. She’s the life of every party and often the loudest person in the room. It’s not uncommon for Anderson to hit the floor and break into “The Worm” at social events or even in the middle of the Resorts World Casino, which she did after the AVN Awards Show in January.

So it’s no surprise that Anderson is doing her best to make light of her current situation. She jokingly referred to herself as “Peg Leg Anderson” during her interview with PornCrush and also talked about how she’s pranked people into believing she was attacked at sea.

The pit bull that bit her is named “Shark,” which prompted her to post on Instagram that she’d been bitten by a shark. She also told her doctor that she was the victim of a shark attack.

Most everyone believes her until she tells the real story.

“I like to talk, I like to joke, I like to laugh,” Anderson says. “My goal in life is to make people laugh and smile.

“I want to tell people, ‘I’m good. You don’t need to be concerned. Like, yeah, it’ serious, but I don’t want you to stress. I’m good. No matter what happens, I’m going to be fine.’"

Photo of a dog bite on Athena Anderson's her lower leg

Photo courtesy of Athena Anderson

Austin King / Editor

Austin King spent nearly 20 years as a mainstream journalist before pivoting to coverage of the adult industry in 2020. He specializes in breaking news and in-depth features, with some of his best work to date coming for AVN Magazine in profiles of Gina Valentina, Casey Kisses, Anna-Claire Clouds, Kayden Kross, Chanel Camryn, Kenzie Anne, Lilly Bell and others. Austin resides in Texas but makes frequent trips to Porn Valley.