‘I’m making good progress,’ UT student Jaqueline Durand loses ears, nose and lips after suspected dog attack – CBS Dallas/Fort Worth
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – On the eve of her 22nd birthday, UT Dallas student Jaqueline Durand was mauled by two dogs and left “permanently and catastrophically disfigured,” according to her attorney Chip Brooker of Dallas’ Brooker Law.
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Two days before Christmas, Durand reportedly drove to the home of Dr Justin Bishop and his wife Ashley who had hired her to look after their animals while they were away. Two of the couple’s three dogs, a mixed-breed German Shepherd and a mixed-breed Pit Bull, immediately attacked her, according to her lawsuit filed in Dallas County.
Durand suffered multiple life-threatening injuries, including the loss of both ears, nose, lips, and most of his face, in addition to severe puncture wounds all over his body. She has already had several reconstructive surgeries and will need many more, according to Brooker. Durand remains hospitalized to this day.
She shared a post via Facebook on January 18 from her hospital bed.
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“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 to everyone who has supported and loved me every step of the way from the beginning! I am doing great progress every day I’m here. Prayers are answered! Thank you,” it read.
The dogs were captured and taken into custody by the city of Coppell before a city judge ruled earlier in January that both animals should be euthanized, according to the lawsuit.
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In addition to the lawsuit, copies of the police incident report, the town clerk’s file of the euthanasia procedure, and photos of Jacqueline before the incident will be made available.