Helen Potter and her beloved Maltese Shih-Tsu at home this week. Photo: Paul McGovern
INSET: KoKo shows the damage after the attack. Photo: Helen Potter
Subiaco Post Newspaper
Eight-year-old Maltese Shih-tsu KoKo may have saved his Subiaco owner from a frightening attack by an German
Helen Potter was walking her pint-sized pet past Richard Diggins pocket park near her Townshend Road home three
weeks ago when the dog rushed out from under a bush in the dark.
“KoKo and I play in the park every day” Helen said. “It’s one of our favourite spots”.
“KoKo was on lead, sitting by my foot while I chatted with a neighbour who was resting on the bench with
“Two dogs ran out from under the bushes. One of them bounded past but the Alsatian leapt at me. I screamed in fear.
“At the last moment the Alsation saw KoKo, twisted in the air and grabbed him instead.
“After the dog threw him around like a football, KoKo escaped screaming down the street and tried to hide under a car. But the dog
chased him and mauled him a second time.”
Helen said her neighbour threw his shopping bags at the dog to try to fend off the attack,
which was unprovoked and extremely vicious.
I worry for the children in the park should this dog escape from his home again.
Helen Potter (KoKo’s “Mum”)