Jacqueline Durand and her family are suing a Texas couple after the 22-year-old college student was permanently disfigured by their two dogs. The young woman has had multiple surgeries since the incident and will continue to live with scars from the brutal attack.

According to reports, the dog attack happened on Dec. 23 when Durand went over to the home of Ashley Jo and Dr. Justin Avery Bishop so she could walk their two dogs. The Bishops were not home at the time of the attack. When Jacqueline Durand opened the front door, she was attacked by Lucy, a German Shepard mix, and Bender, a pit bull mix. Neither dog was in the kennel when the 22-year-old arrived.

The Durands’ lawsuit said, “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 two animals also tore off her ears and ate most of the flesh below her eyes. Her family says that the young woman has been “permanently and catastrophically” disfigured because of those animals.

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Jaqueline Durand was horribly disfigured by two dogs that she was hired to walk. Her family has filed a lawsuit against the dog owners. (Credit: Facebook)

Police say that when they arrived at the Texas home the front screen door was off its hinges and there was blood on it. Inside, they heard moaning and found Jacqueline Durand on the ground with severe facial disfigurement. Officers said it took them a while to get the two dogs in their kennels before they could remove Durand from the home.

The Durand family is now suing the dog owners for the attack. They are asking for over $1 million to cover serious medical expenses and the loss of past and future earnings. The family claims that the Bishops failed to inform the 22-year-old about their dangerous dogs and knew that the animals had violent tendencies.

According to sources, the couple had a “Crazy Dogs. Please Don’t Knock or Ring the Bell. Call or Text Instead,” sign in front of their home and knew that the dogs were prone to attacking people who came through the front door. The lawsuit also said that the couple typically kept the dogs in kennels when they left, but according to text messages, they told Durand that they had left their dogs out of the kennels before she arrived.

The Bishops have not commented on the dog attack, and according to sources, they have not apologized to Jacqueline Durand.

A judge recently ruled that the dogs would be euthanized. Jacqueline Durand’s lawyer, Chip Brooker, asked that they have time to examine the animals to support their lawsuit.

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The lawsuit claims that the owners knew that their dogs were dangerous and did nothing to prevent an attack. (Credit: Facebook)

Before the attack, Jacqueline Durand worked as a dog walker and dog sitter while also attending classes at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her family said that the 22-year-old loved dogs and the attack has been very hard on her. Her father, John Durand, said, “With such a kind heart, a warm, loving compassion for dogs and animals, that even continues to this day.”

Durand’s family knows that it will be a long recovery for the 22-year-old, but they are amazed at the progress that she has made, and the positive attitude that she maintains. The young woman posted on her Facebook shortly after the attack to thank her family and friends for supporting her.

She said, “I am so blessed to be surrounded by so much love and support as I go through this hard time in my life. Thank you everyone who is supporting and loving me every step of the way since the beginning! I am making good progress every single day that I’m here. Prayers are being answered! Thank you.”