Coco’s miraculous story!

Coco the Bully Kutta X Mastiff got out of her home in Tilehurst, Berkshire on 12th December where she was being looked after by her owner’s mum, Sammy. 

She ran and ran; quickly going into survival mode, which meant that she ignored family members who were out searching and 2-3 times passed by but didn’t stop.

A frantic search continued through the night with locals and DogLost Berkshire volunteers joining in and advising Sammy. By the morning Coco had still not been found & so during the afternoon Sammy called Highways England and Network Rail to advise them, as Coco’s last sightings were very close to a railway line. 

It was during this latter phone call that Sammy was told that a train driver had called in to say that his train had hit a dog matching Coco’s description. Poor Sammy was devastated and asked whether Coco could possibly have survived. The response was that it was extremely unlikely . . . . so sad!!

Network Rail sent a team to search the area but were unable to find Coco. Coco’s family didn’t give up hope & continued to search & use local Facebook groups to spread the word about Coco. Then on the following day, Saturday 14th December, a lady out jogging who’d heard about Coco spotted a dog lying ‘lifeless’ by the side of the tracks. She sent a photo to Sammy & then the race was on to get to her . . . . Miraculously against all the odds she was still alive!! 

Coco has been left with severe injuries, including a fractured spine, fractured & dislocated shoulder, broken leg and damaged tail to name a few. She has received round the clock care and surgery at one of the best vets in the country. Amazingly after just 2 weeks at the vets she was able to come home and is now undergoing extensive physio with visits back to the vet every 4 days. Her doting family are giving her all the love and attention that she could possibly wish for, whilst fundraising to make sure that they can meet the vets bills which currently stand at £13K.

A fundraising page and a Facebook page has been set up for Coco to help with her ongoing treatment and so that people can follow her progress. If you have a few pennies that you can spare, please take a look . . .

Everyone at DogLost wishes Coco a speedy recovery and will remain in touch with the family to support

Thank you for reading


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    Poochpal 1 year ago

    One very lucky dog, I hope she recovers well from her ordeal. ❤️

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    Jenny Wright , Doglost co- ord for West Hampshire 1 year ago

    Such a brave Girl, Speedy recovery Sweetheart 💖💖xx

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    Helen wyles 1 year ago

    She is one lucky dog – I was one of many from local communities who all came out that night and the following day to help search for her , I missed her by seconds on the first night and was not far from the spot by the tracks when she was hit by the train but no one could find her that day – it wasn’t until the next morning the lady jogging spotted her – we all feared the worse but she made it and has become a real local hero – the family have been so dedicated to get her back to full health, there is a long way to go yet but she is showing improvement each day – such a brave girl 👏🏻❤️Xx

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      Karen Harding 1 year ago

      There was so much support and love for this girl; thank you Helen. We are trying to help the family now as he has such a long way to go; but she made it 🙂 xxx

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    Helen Wyles 1 year ago

    Amazing dog – I was one of many from the local community who helped with the search , I missed her by seconds on the 1st night and was so close to where she got hit by the train but no one could find her that afternoon , it wasn’t until the next morning after people were out all night looking that she was spotted by a jogger , we all feared the worse but the family were so dedicated to help her and give her a fighting chance of making a full recovery – she is such a brave dog and has become a local hero – his bless her 🤞🏻❤️ Xx

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    Claire Manwani 1 year ago

    I spotted Coco minutes after she escaped her home, she was running in the middle of the road in the traffic. By the time I could pull over she had disappeared, so I posted onto our local Facebook page straight away to ask if anyone had lost a dog and to report where I had seen her. I was heartbroken I had been unable to catch her. So happy she is now recovering well.

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      KAREN HARDING 1 year ago

      Ah Claire, that is sad, but escapees are often difficult to catch, so you wouldn’t have had much luck I’m sure. At least owners had more info on locations x

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