A lawsuit was filed on Wednesday after a 22-year-old college student after being horribly attacked by several dogs last month.
According to Brooker Law of Dallas, Jaqueline Durand was mauled by two dogs and left "permanently and catastrophically disfigured."
The lawsuit says that Durand, a University of Texas at Dallas student, was hired by Dr. Justin Bishop and his wife Ashley to care for the couple's dogs while they were out of town.
On Dec. 23, Durand went to the couple's home. She had just opened the front door to walk Lucy, a German shepherd mix breed, and Bender, a mixed-breed pit bull, according to the lawsuit. The animals were not in kennels and she was immediately violently attacked.
“The dogs knocked Jacqueline off balance, causing her to fall and drop her cell phone. Then, the dogs violently attacked her head and face — mauling her catastrophically. The dogs were so violent and bloodthirsty that they pulled all of Jacqueline’s clothes off, including her blue jeans,” according to NBC News who were citing the lawsuit.
The dogs tore off and ate her ears and most of her face below her eyes, according the lawsuit. They also left hundreds of puncture wounds all over the woman's body.
It was just one day before her 22nd birthday.
According to NBC News, Durand had previously met the dogs when she discussed the job with Ashley Bishop.
The Bishops were aware their pets had violent tendencies, the lawsuit said, and the dogs were out of the kennels they were usually kept in. The lawsuit cited a sign by the Bishops’ home entrance that read: “Crazy Dogs. Please Don’t Knock or Ring the Bell. Call or Text Instead.” The sign also urged visitors to leave packages by the door, according to the lawsuit.
Durand remains hospitalized, having undergone multiple reconstructive surgeries with many more to go. She recently took to social media to thank everyone for the support she's received since the attack.
"I am so blessed to be surrounded by so much love and support as I go through this hard time in my life. Thank you everyone who is supporting and loving me every step of the way since the beginning! I am making good progress every sin
The dogs were captured and placed in the care of the City of Coppell before a municipal judge decided this month that both animals should be euthanized, according to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.