Hero dog "Kabang," a native Philippine dog that lost her snout while trying to save her masters from a speeding motorcycle, appears to have beaten the cancer that was discovered by veterinarians at University of California animal clinic in Davis.
"Kabang" was brought to the US from the Philippines to undergo treatment and surgery from the injuries she suffered when she was hit by the speeding motorcycle in Zamboanga, Philippines.
Kabang lost half of her face after her head hit the front wheel of the speeding motorcycle and as the wheel rolled, her snout got stuck in it.
Kabang was brought to the US for treatment on the initiative of Karen Kenngott, a nurse from New York who saw the dog's story on the Internet. She started a fund raising campaign to raise money for Kabang's trip to the US and for her medical expenses.
Kenngott's initial efforts to raise funds for Kabang's surgery failed to gain grounds but as soon as she launched the fund campaign on Facebook and Twitter, donations came without let up from dog lovers around the world. Read more.
According to Gina Davis of the University of California-Davis, "Kabang appears to have beaten the cancer she was suffering from."
AP Writes: "Surgeons are planning to perform two or three procedures for dental work, extractions and covering exposed roots."
They will then try to close the dog's wound and restore nasal functions. The dog's bony structures are currently exposed to air, increasing the chance of infection, Davis said.
Kabang has just received the "Animal Hero" award from the American Red Cross for her heroism in saving the lives of two girls who were about to be hit by the speeding motorcycle.
Veterinarians at UC-Davis said Kabang will continue to receive treatment at the animal clinic facility and she is expected to be sent back to the Philippines in about six months.