Texas student, 22, left ‘permanently and catastrophically disfigured’ after being mauled by two dogs
Texas college student, 22, left ‘permanently and catastrophically disfigured’ after losing her ears, lips and nose and ‘most of her face under her eyes’ when mauled by two dogs, she was a doctor’s dog sitter
- Jacqueline Durand, a 22-year-old college student at the University of Texas at Dallas, went to the home of Dr. Justin Bishop and his wife Ashley after she was hired to
- When Durand opened the door, she was brutally mauled without provocation by Lucy, a German Shepherd mix breed, and Bender, a Pit Bull mix breed.
- The dogs pushed open the door, they tore her ‘catastrophically’ – ripping off both her ears, her nose, her lips and most of her face under her eyes
- Durand was left with hundreds of stab wounds and remains in hospital after undergoing multiple reconstructive surgeries, with more to go
A Texas college student who was mauled by two dogs while babysitting a doctor in Dallas has been left “permanently and catastrophically disfigured” after losing “most of her face under her eyes,” according to a lawsuit.
Jacqueline Durand, a 22-year-old student at the University of Texas at Dallas, went to the home of Dr. Justin Bishop and his wife Ashley after she was hired to babysit their dogs while they were away.
Durand’s lawyers say that when she opened the door to their house, she… cruelly torn apart without provocation by Lucy, a cross between a German Shepherd and Bender, a cross between a pit bull.
“The owner assured Jacqueline that the dogs would be crated,” Durand’s attorney Chip Brooker said in a statement. rack.
“But shortly before her first visit, the owner texted Jacqueline to tell her she hadn’t crated the dogs before leaving town. A sign on the front door said “Crazy Dogs.” Please do not knock or ring the bell. Call or text instead.”
After the dogs pushed the door open, they would… knocked Durand down and began to tear her “catastrophically” – tearing and eating both her ears, her nose, her lips and most of her face under her eyes, court case states.
Jacqueline Durand, (pictured) a 22-year-old college student at the University of Texas at Dallas, went to Dr. Justin Bishop and his wife Ashley after she was hired as a dog sitter
Durand (pictured) was left with hundreds of puncture wounds and remains in hospital after undergoing multiple reconstructive surgeries, with more to go
The attack took place a day before her 22nd birthday and a few days after she met both dogs in the house with their owner to get to know them and their routine.
During the brutal attack, the dogs are said to have stripped off all of Durand’s clothes and attacked her entire body.
She was left with hundreds of stab wounds and is currently hospitalized after undergoing multiple reconstructive surgeries, with more to go.
In a January 18 Facebook post, Durand thanked people for their well wishes from her hospital bed.
The attack happened days after the 22-year-old met both dogs at their home with their owners to get to know them and their routine (Durand pictured before being mauled)
“I am so blessed to be surrounded by so much love and support as I go through this difficult time in my life. Thank you everyone who has supported and loved me every step of the way from the beginning! Every day I am here I am making good progress. Prayers are answered! Thank you,” she wrote
The dogs were captured and placed under the care of the city of Coppell before a municipal judge ruled that both dogs should be euthanized, the suit said.
Now Durand is accusing Bishop and his wife of negligence for failing to monitor, secure and train the animals, as well as for failing to provide a safe environment for their guests, the indictment said.
The 22-year-old is seeking a jury trial and damages in excess of $1 million.
“Jacqueline will forever measure her life in terms of before and after opening that door,” Brooker said. “She will be permanently disfigured for the rest of her life, and we are filing this lawsuit to ensure that all parties responsible are held accountable.”
Between 2005 and 2017, there were a total of 433 dog deaths in the US
Pit bulls remain at the top of the list of America’s most dangerous dog breeds, responsible for 284 fatal attacks on humans from 2005 to 2017. The second breed on the list, Rottweilers, came in a distant second with 45.