A Texas school scholar working as a dog walker was permanently disfigured final month when two canines pounced on her in a “bloodthirsty” attack, a civil lawsuit alleges.
Jacqueline Claire Durand, 22, of Coppell, had simply opened a house’s entrance door on Dec. 23 to stroll Lucy, a German shepherd combine breed, and Bender, a mixed-breed pit bull, in keeping with the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Dallas County.
The animals weren’t in kennels and rushed at Durand, violently attacking her, the lawsuit stated. Durand has undergone a number of operations because the mauling, the lawsuit stated.
“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,” the lawsuit stated.
The canines tore off and ate her ears and most of her face under her eyes, in accordance the lawsuit.
It alleges negligence and premise legal responsibility by the canines’ house owners, Ashley Jo Bishop and Dr. Justin Avery Bishop. It additionally names them as defendants in their capacities as trustees in a household belief.
The Bishops weren’t instantly reached for remark Thursday afternoon.
Durand, an avid dog lover who labored as a dog sitter and walker whereas she was on the University of Texas at Dallas, by no means envisioned how her fondness for the animals would “cost her so much,” the lawsuit stated.
The day of the attack was the primary time Durand had been employed to stroll the animals, though she had beforehand met the canines when she mentioned the job with Ashley Bishop, in keeping with the lawsuit.
The Bishops had been conscious their pets had violent tendencies, the lawsuit stated, and the canines had been out of the kennels they had been normally stored in.
The defendants additionally knew their canines had been aggressive towards individuals who approached the entrance door, in keeping with the swimsuit.
The lawsuit cited an indication by the Bishops’ residence entrance that learn: “Crazy Dogs. Please Don’t Knock or Ring the Bell. Call or Text Instead.” The signal additionally urged guests to go away packages by the door, in keeping with the lawsuit.
The canines had been captured and positioned in the care of the City of Coppell earlier than a municipal choose determined this month that each animals ought to be euthanized, in keeping with NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.
Durand’s attorneys have appealed the choose’s order to offer them time to examine the animals, the station reported.
Chip Brooker, an lawyer representing Durand, stated Thursday he is “amazed by her strength.”
“It’s a day-by-day journey for Jacqueline right now,” Brooker stated.
The Bishops haven’t apologized to her, he stated.
Durand seeks a jury trial and compensation of greater than $1 million, the lawsuit stated.