Dog Sitter 'Catastrophically' Disfigured in Brutal Attack, Lawsuit Claims

A 22-year-old Dallas woman has been left "permanently and catastrophically" disfigured following an alleged attack involving a group of dogs she was hired to look after.

As reported by WFAA, lawyers representing Jacqueline Durand have filed a lawsuit against an unnamed couple residing in Coppell, Texas, who last month hired the University of Texas at Dallas student to look after their three dogs while they were away.

A police report quoted by the news outlet states that on December 23rd, 2021, Durand traveled to the couple's home to care for the canines.

The lawsuit claims that when Durand opened the front door to their property, she was "immediately and brutally attacked" by a mixed-breed pit bull and mixed-breed German shepherd.

The news outlet states that police officers later arrived on the scene to find the front door wide open and blood "visible in the foyer."

More blood was also visible in the hallway, which was in a state of disarray that indicated "a violent struggle had occurred."

The police report quoted by the news outlet states that an officer subsequently found Duran lying on her stomach having suffered "serious facial damage."

Paramedics were called and she was later taken to hospital. According to the report, Durand lost both her ears as well as her nose, lips and a large portion of her cheeks.

Several puncture wounds were also found on her body. She remains in hospital having undergone multiple reconstructive surgeries. In a post shared to Facebook on January 19, Durand thanked her friends and family for their support.

"I am so blessed to be surrounded by so much love and support as I go through this hard time in my life," she wrote. "I am making good progress every single day that I'm here."

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WFAA states that one of the dogs was also accused of biting a neighbor who had come to check on the property after noticing the front door was open. Police said they contacted the homeowners, who explained they were out of town and had hired Durand to dog sit for them for the first time.

An avid dog lover, Durand reportedly looked after canines to earn extra money while she studied. Though another neighbor reportedly insisted to police the dogs had "not been aggressive before" the lawsuit alleges that the owners were "negligent" and "created and maintained an unreasonably dangerous condition."

The lawsuit notes that one police officer came across a sign outside the home that read "crazy dogs" and urged visitors to call or text the occupants rather than ring the doorbell. Durand's lawyers are seeking damages and a jury trial.

WFAA has confirmed that the dogs involved were seized by Coppell animal control with a municipal judge later ordering that they be euthanized.

Newsweek has contacted the Coppell Police Department and Durand for comment.

The attack came just a few weeks after a 35-year-old mother-of-two died protecting her children from a dog attack. Heather Pingel, from Bowler in Wisconsin, was attacked by the family's large pit bull on December 8. She died on December 16.

In November, 2021, a 10-year-old boy from North Carolina was attacked by a pit bull while walking home from school. Keyan'te Blackmon had to undergo surgery on a facial injury but was lucky to be alive after using his backpack to fend off the animal.

A German shepherd and pit bull dog.
Stock image of a German shepherd and pit bull dog - a lawsuit has claimed a woman was left badly disfigured after an encounter with two dogs. VILevi/Getty