22-year-old UT Dallas student attacked and disfigured while working as a dog sitter – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A 22-year-old UT Dallas student who earned money as a dog sitter remains hospitalized after being attacked by multiple dogs, a lawsuit has heard.

According to attorney Chip Brooker of Dallas’s Brooker Law, Coppell resident Jaqueline Durand was mauled by two dogs and left “permanently and catastrophically disfigured.”

Brooker, who represents Durand, said Dr. Justin Bishop and his wife Ashley hired Durand last month to look after the couple’s pets while they were out of town.

Durand visited the couple’s home in Coppell two days before Christmas and one day before her 22nd birthday.

When she opened the door to the bishop’s house, their mixed-breed German Shepherd and mixed-breed Pit Bull immediately attacked her, according to the lawsuit.

She suffered multiple life-threatening injuries, including the loss of both ears, nose, lips and most of her face, in addition to severe puncture wounds all over her body.

According to the lawsuit, Durand has undergone several reconstructive surgeries and will need many more. She remains hospitalized there.

Brooker filed a lawsuit in Dallas County Court on Tuesday.

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 the lawsuit.

Brooker said he and his team appealed the judge’s order giving them time to inspect and examine the dogs to confirm their dangerous tendencies.

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