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Texas dog walker permanently disfigured in ‘bloodthirsty’ attack by 2 dogs, lawsuit says

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Texas dog walker permanently disfigured in ‘bloodthirsty’ attack by 2 dogs, lawsuit says

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A Texas student working as a dog walker was permanently disfigured last month when two dogs pounced on her in a “bloodthirsty” attack, according to a civil lawsuit.

Jaqueline Durand (Brooker Law SARL)

Jacqueline Claire Durand, 22, from Coppell, had just opened the front door of a house on December 23 where she intended to walk “Lucy”, a German shepherd cross, and “Bender”, a pit -bull crossbreed, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Dallas County.

The animals were not in kennels and rushed at Durand, violently attacking him, according to the lawsuit. Durand has undergone several surgeries since the mutilation, according to the lawsuit.

“The Dogs knocked Jacqueline off balance causing her to fall and drop her mobile phone. Then the Dogs violently attacked her head and face, dismembering her catastrophically. The Dogs were so violent and bloodthirsty that they took off all of Jacqueline’s clothes, including her blue jeans,” the lawsuit said.

The dogs tore out and ate his ears and most of his face below his eyes, according to the lawsuit.

He alleges negligence and responsibility for the premises by the owners of the dogs, Ashley Jo Bishop and Dr Justin Avery Bishop. She also names them as defendants in their capacity as trustees of a family trust.

The bishops were not immediately contacted for comment Thursday afternoon.

Durand, an avid dog lover who worked as a sitter and dog walker at the University of Texas at Dallas, never imagined how much her fondness for animals would “cost her so much,” according to the lawsuit.

The day of the attack was the first time Durand had been hired to walk the animals, although she had previously encountered the dogs when she discussed the job with Ashley Bishop, according to the lawsuit.

The bishops knew their pets had violent tendencies, according to the lawsuit, and that the dogs were out of their kennels in which they were usually kept.

The defendants also knew that their dogs were aggressive towards people who approach the front door, according to the prosecution.

The lawsuit cited a sign at the entrance to the Bishops’ home that read, “Crazy Dogs. Please do not knock or ring the bell. Call or text instead. The sign also urged visitors to leave packages near the door, according to the lawsuit.

The dogs were captured and taken into custody by the city of Coppell before a city judge ruled earlier this month that both animals should be euthanized, according to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.

But Durand’s lawyers appealed the judge’s order giving them time to inspect the animals, the outlet reported.

Chip Brooker, an attorney representing Durand, said Thursday he was “amazed by her strength.”

“It’s a day-to-day journey for Jacqueline right now,” Brooker said.

The bishops did not apologize to him, he said.

Durand is seeking a jury trial and compensation of more than $1 million, according to the lawsuit.

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