Kabang, the Philippine "hero dog" that lost half of her face while trying to save two girls from being hit by speeding motorcycle, arrived in the Philippines early Saturday morning from the US where she had surgery at University of California - Davis
Hero Dog Kabang, as she is now popularly known, 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.
Eyewitness Jovito Urpiano said Kabang (a Visayan term that means “spotty”) shielded the two girls from certain harm.
“I thought somebody threw the dog on the motorcycle, but I could not see anyone who might have done that,” Urpiano told the Inquirer. He said it later came to him that Kabang had intentionally blocked the motorcycle’s path to save the girls.
Kabang's owner Rudy Bunggal is the father of one of the two girls who were saved by the stray dog while the other girl is her niece.
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 funds 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.
While undergoing treatment in the US, Kabang got recognition from the American Red Cross for her heroic act. Read more.
Filipino veterinarian Anton Lim who accompanied the dog said Kabang was treated in the US for seven months on donations from animal lovers in the US and other parts of the world.
GMA News reported that "Kabang's medical treatment was extremely complicated, with a team of veterinarians at UC Davis specialising in oncology, infectious diseases, dentistry, soft-tissue surgery and internal medicine involved."
While Kabang's face was not fully reconstructed, veterinarians at the UC-Davis said the "the surgeries had ensured she was better protected against infection and she would be able live a normal life," the report added.