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'Kabang' the Dog Loses Snout While Saving Children, Survives Cancer

| by Michael Allen
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"Kabang" is a dog that lost her snout and upper jaw in December 2011 when she jumped in front of a motorcycle and saved two young girls in Zamboanga City, Philippines.

While veterinary surgeons in the U.S. could not rebuild the dog's missing snout, they were able to treat the animal's cancer, heart worms and dental problems.

Kabang arrived at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis in October 2012.

UC Davis veterinary professor Frank Verstraete said Kabang was in the hospital for seven months.

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The two-year-old mixed breed was released today and is returning back to the Philippines, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Kabang reportedly saved the lives of her owner's daughter and niece, who were apparently in the path of a motorcycle. Kabang's face got tangled in the spokes of the motorcycle's wheel, and her entire upper jaw was torn off.

The dog ended up in the California veterinary hospital after a nurse from Buffalo, New York, created a fundraising campaign "Care For Kabang" to bring her to the U.S.

Care For Kabang raised over $20,000 to cover the costs of surgeries, visas and airfare.

Kabang was originally found by the family's father, who planned to fatten her up and feed her to his loved ones, but his daughter and niece convinced him to spare Kabang, who would save their lives.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle