Must Know | The Face of a College Student Who Was Damaged in a Violent Dog Attack Has Been Revealed!
A Texas college girl who was “catastrophically” damaged by a dog attack was bitten more than 800 times and lost over 30 percent of her blood, according to disturbing bodycam footage of officers fighting to control the monsters.
Jacqueline Durand, a University of Texas at Dallas student, was attacked a day before her 22nd birthday in December when she went to Dr. Justin Bishop and his wife Ashley’s house to walk their two dogs.
When she opened the door, the animals pounced on her and pinned her down, a German shepherd mix-breed named Lucy and a pit bull mix-breed named Bender.
“I felt the flesh hanging off my face,” Durand said in her first interview after the tragedy, according to CBS News. “I was afraid I was going to die.”
Durand, who was shown in a wheelchair, also showed serious damage to her face, which had skin grafts from her buttocks.
Jacqueline Durand was bitten by two dogs she was dog-sitting one day before her 22nd birthday. Her face was permanently altered, yet she lived.
She says working with animals is still her ambition, and she isn’t embarrassed to show off her scars. pic.twitter.com/0Qp75lnC6T
According to CBS News, the student also lost over 30 percent of her blood during the life-altering incident and had to be resuscitated numerous times before being placed in a medically induced coma for a week.
“She had to be resuscitated on the trauma table,” said her father, John Durand.
Shirley Durand, her mother, added, “many times.”
One day before her 22nd birthday, Jacqueline Durand was attacked by two dogs she was dog-sitting. Her face was changed forever — but she survived.
She says it is still her dream to work with animals, and she isn’t afraid of showing off her scars. pic.twitter.com/0Qp75lnC6T
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) March 16, 2022
“I was really relieved to see her alive,” the mother explained. “Her entire face was wrapped.”
Meanwhile, never-before-seen bodycam footage shows responding cops struggling to manage the dogs.
“We can’t go in because of the dogs,” an officer is heard saying in the video.
From the moment cops arrived at the time medics felt comfortable enough to enter the premises, it took 37 minutes.
According to a complaint filed in January, Durand’s nose, ears, lips, and cheeks were ripped off during the attack by the “bloodthirsty” creatures.
“The dogs viciously attacked her head and face, mauling her horrifically,” according to the lawsuit.
“The dogs were so vicious and bloodthirsty that they ripped off all of Jacqueline’s clothing, including her blue pants.” The dogs ripped off and ate both of Jacqueline’s ears, nose, lips, and the majority of her face beneath her eyes.”
Durand, on the other hand, stated that she wanted to come forward and expose her injuries now so that she may be recognized as an example, not a victim.
“I don’t feel like I asked for this. “I think it’s time for me to reveal who I am today, and I can’t be afraid of that,” she told CBS News.
“I want dog owners to know their pets and be able to communicate with their sitters about how they’re doing.”
The pair is accused of carelessness for allegedly failing to handle, secure, and train the canines, as well as “failing to provide a safe atmosphere for their invitees,” according to the lawsuit.
Durand is requesting a jury trial and damages in excess of $1 million.
According to the publication, the 22-year-old likely only escaped the ordeal because the security alarm at the Bishops’ home went off when the front door was left open during the attack.
The pair informed investigators that the dogs were rescued and that they had no difficulties with them.
The complaint, however, contains a photograph of an “ominous sign” on the couple’s front door that reads: “Crazy Dogs.” Please, no knocking or ringing the bell. Instead, call or text.”
According to Durand’s attorney, Chip Brooker, the notice “suggests that the Bishops were aware that both of these dogs had acted violently to individuals entering at the front entrance.”
The pair declined an interview with CBS News but stated in a statement that they are “heartbroken.”
“We know she was gravely hurt, and we are heartbroken for what she and her family are going through.” “We would never intentionally put someone in danger, and we were astounded by what transpired at our residence,” the Bishops declared.
“We have been told not to give any interviews due to current litigation,” they continued. “However, we want Ms. Durand and her family to know that we ardently pray for her recovery on a daily basis.”
Durand said she aspires to continue working with animals, potentially as a dog trainer, but she still has more operations and a long road to recovery ahead of her.
“It’s not enjoyable to think about, but I also think about how incredible the physicians are.” “So I’m putting it in their hands to assist me,” she explained.
Nathan, her three-year boyfriend who just recovered from cancer, is also by her side.
“I’m really thankful that I got to show the same kind of love and care that Mom showed me at that time,” he told CBS News. “I’m grateful to be able to be there for her.”