Dog attack victim bitten 800 times shows horror disfigured face for first time
A dog minder who was viciously mauled and bitten 800 times by a family's canines has revealed the state of her face after the attack that left her without a nose or ears.
Jacqueline Durand, 22, was mauled two days before Christmas while dog-sitting for Dr. Justin and Ashley Bishop in Coppell, a suburb of Dallas, Texas after being told the two rescue dogs would be caged.
But when Durand, a student at the University of Texas at Dallas, arrived at the house the two rescue dogs – a German Shepard mix called Lucy and a Pitbull mix called Bender – were roaming freely.
As soon as she entered the home, the dogs pounced and changed her life forever.
"When I felt the skin hanging from my face, I thought I was going to die," she told CBS Mornings.
Durand was found laying on her stomach naked when police were finally able to enter the home and rescue her.
The dogs had mauled her "catastrophically," tearing off and eating both of her ears, her nose, her lips, and most of her face below her eyes, a lawsuit against the owners states.
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The owners, who have three children – including a three-year-old – claimed the dogs were never vicious, telling investigators that they had "zero" problems with them.
However, a sign on their front door read: "Crazy Dogs. Please Don't Knock or Ring the Bell. Call or Text Instead."
"The warning on the door suggests that the Bishops knew that both of these dogs have acted aggressively to people arriving at the front door," Durand's lawyer Chip Brooker told CBS Mornings.
The Bishops, who reportedly have not contacted Durand, told CBS News that they were "heartbroken" by the attack.
Durand was hospitalised for 60 days. She also had to go through months of therapy, including learning to stretch her mouth 1mm at a time.
Now, she said she was ready for the world to see her face.
"It’s time to show who I am now, and I can’t be scared of it," she said on CBS Mornings.
The dog-sitter of seven years also said she was still "speechless" about the dogs' change in behavior from the first time she met them – when they were "lovely" – to the last time she did, when they attacked her.
Durand is seeking a jury trial and compensation of more than $1million (£763k). A municipal judge decided that both dogs should be euthanised, the suit said.
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