Kabang is a hero to two little girls, in Zamboanga City in the Phillipines. Dina Bunggal, 11 and her cousin, Princess Diansing, just 3 years old, owe much to Kabang. They had stepped into the path of a speeding motorcycle, unaware of the danger they were in, when out of nowhere Kabang, the Bunggal’s family dog, threw herself into the mix. Her head got tangled in the front wheel and her nose and upper snout were crushed and torn off in the spokes. Kabang saved the two little girls.
It was suggested to the Bunggals that they put Kabang to sleep but they refused. “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,” said Rudy Bunggal, Dina’s father.
Kabang’s reconstructive surgery, available only in the US, is too expensive for the Bunggals, who only make about $3.50 a day but thanks to all the donations, Kabang will get the $20,000 surgery she needs.
Thanks to several organizations, including the Animal Welfare Coalition, Kabang will be flown to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California in Davis for her surgery. “The more time that goes by, the more Kabang is at risk of infection. 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,” Karen Kenngott, the US coordinator for Animal Welfare Coalition.
Kabang recently gave birth to 6 puppies and is in the custody of the Animal Welfare Coalition.