Hudson -- An 11-year-old Tyre Drive girl had to undergo plastic surgery at Akron Children's Hospital Sept. 22 after she was bitten multiple times by a neighbor's dog.
Devin Jolie Oates, a sixth-grader at Hudson Middle School, was playing on a trampoline in the dog's yard with the dog owner's daughter when the Australian shepherd attacked the girl, according to the police report. The girl suffered bites on her thumb, hand, arm, forearm, upper lip and under her eye.
She was treated by Hudson EMS and transported to the hospital, where she had plastic surgery on her face, according to her mother, Glenda Oates.
Oates said her daughter is home and healing, but her face is very swollen.
"She is really a trooper," Oates said. "She's concerned about everyone else. She doesn't want them to be scared by her appearance."
The dog owner was cited by police. He later produced documentation that the dog's rabies vaccine was current.
The dog owner told police the dog was penned up and would voluntarily be put down. He told officers this was the second time the dog had bit someone.
A spokesperson from The Summit County Health Department confirmed that an Australian shepherd at the Tyre Drive address had bitten a member of the dog owner's family in 2011.
The spokesperson also said the dog could not be put down for 10 days while it is under observation.
Oates and her husband, Dennis, and family moved to Hudson six years ago. She said she was amazed by the community's support.
"We're originally from New York City and we've never had anything like this before," she said. "So many people have come by, brought food, gifts, flowers. We have been blessed."
Devin is a member of Hudson Middle School's swim team, cross country team, and Girl Scout troop, and Oates said the coaches and leaders have been wonderful.
"We have no family here, but Hudson has become our family. We could not be more grateful," she said.
According to her mother, Devin was surprised by the dog's attack since she had been in the neighbor's yard playing many times before.
Oates said her daughter may need some counseling, but the family was praying she would be able to lead a normal life.