This is a story of an incredibly brave and heroic dog named Kabang, from Zamboanga City, Philippines, that suffered horrific injuries, losing her snout and top jaw, after jumping in front of a speeding motorcycle that was about to hit two young girls.
According to witnesses, Kabang, a mongrel, came out of nowhere to save cousins Dina Bunggal, 11, and Princess Diansing, 3, who had unknowingly stepped into the onrushing vehicle’s path. In the process, the two girls stumbled and sustained bruises, but were otherwise unhurt. The motor cycle driver was also unscathed. The dog’s head, however, landed on the motorcycle’s front wheel and as it rolled forward, her upper snout got stuck in it and was ripped off.
Ever since Kabang’s heroism was reported on Philippine TV her plight attracted worldwide attention.
A campaign to save Kabang was started by Karen Kenngott, a critical care nurse from Buffalo, New York, who spearheaded fundraising for the dog’s care in the internet and has, thus, far raised 20,000 US dollars for reconstructive surgery.
Part of the money was also used for the trip of Kabang and her veterinarian to the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in the US.
UC Davis surgeons has already made an hour-long assessment on Kabang and said that she will need at least two operations, but they are confident they can improve her condition.
The first procedure would focus on dental work and the second on repairing the gaping wound to her face.
(For more on the story of this hero dog, please go to this link: http://www.careforkabang.com/)