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article imagePhilippine 'hero dog' Kabang receives $20K facial surgery in U.S.

By JohnThomas Didymus     Oct 10, 2012 in Environment
Manila - A dog named "Kabang" from Zamboanga City in the Philippines, who saved the lives of her owner's children, has arrived in the US where she will receive a maxillo-facial reconstructive surgery at the Univ. of California-Davis Vet. Medical Teaching Hospital.
According to The Philippine Inquirer, Kabang ("Spotty") is a white-and-black "aspin." The Philippine Inquirer explains that "aspin" is short for "ason pinoy" or "native dog" in The Philippines.
Manila's GMA Network reports Kabang lost her upper snout after she was run over by a motor-cycle last December.
The accident happened on December 14, along Nunez Extension, Zamboanga City.
Kabang tried to save her master's daughters from being hit by a vehicle. According to The Philippine Inquirer, Kabang jumped in front of a motorcycle to save the girls, Dina Bunggal, 11, and Princess Diansing, 3. The girls received only minor bruises in the accident.
Kabang, however, got her upper snout caught in the motorcycle's front wheel and it got ripped off. According to CBS News, Kabang's "tongue lolls impossibly out of her skull. Watching her attempt to eat a mound of rice is heartbreaking."
Kabang the Philippine  hero dog
Kabang the Philippine 'hero dog'
The Inquisitr reports that Kabang's owner, Rudy, who witnessed the accident, said he was horrified when he saw the dog's snout caught in the wheel. A veterinarian offered to euthanize the dog after the accident but the family refused. Bunggal said: “It does not matter if she’s ugly now. What is important to us is she saved our children and we cannot thank her enough for that."
The Philippine Inquirer reports that the news about the "hero dog" spread after the accident and Kabang became a celebrity. Bunggal exclaimed: “She has become a superstar. People come here to have their photos taken with the dog. Some came with medicines and vitamins." Bunggal said one visitor even brought roasted pig for Kabang. Bunggal said: “Some people came bringing in clothes, a little money for us. We are so thankful. We did not ask for those things, but still we are thankful."
The Philippine Inquirer reports that a local veterinarian Mario Ariola, described Kabang as "very calm, friendly and submissive."
After it was decided that Kabang would need surgery, many groups, including the Philippine Animal Welfare Coalition, joined in a fund raising for Kabang's surgery. The groups raised $22,000 (Dh 80,740) from donations that came from 18 countries.
Kabang  hero dog
Kabang 'hero dog'
The Inquistr reports that Karen Kenngott, US coordinator of the Animal Welfare Coalition, and Mike Foley of the Global Animal Transport, helped raise funds to pay for kabang's surgery.
Kabang's veterinarian Dr. Anton Mari Lim, said it was necessary for Kabang to undergo surgery to prevent infection setting in on her open wounds. Karen kenngott explained: "Fungal infections can be especially difficult to eradicate and any infection in the bone can be a lengthy process to treat at best. Her chances are better the sooner she can get those wounds closed.".
The Gulf News reports Kabang has been on antibiotics continuously for 10 months. Lim fears that continuous medication could compromise the dog's immune system. Lim said the dog needs reconstructive surgery to have her normal life again and to allow her chew food.
According to The Inquisitr, Kabang arrived in Davis, California Wednesday from Manila. She was accompanied by Lim. The choice of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California-Davis is informed by the fact that surgeons at the hospital have extensive experience and skill in dog jaw replacement surgery. CBS News reports that a team of surgeons recently replaced the jaw of a dog that "appears to be strutting around as if nothing ever happened."
The surgeons will fit Kabang with a prosthetic snout.
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