Filipino hero dog Kabang who became an internet sensation after losing her snout while saving two girls dies aged 13

  • Hero dog Kabang, from Philippines, has died peacefully in her sleep at age 13
  • Tributes poured in for Kabang after owner Anton Mari Lim announced her death
  • Kabang got famous in 2011 after she saved lives of two girls crossing busy road
  • The dog deliberately leapt in front of motorbike, losing her snout and part of jaw 

A hero dog from the Philippines, who lost half her face after jumping in front of a motorcycle to save the lives of two girls, has died, her owner said.

Veterinarian Anton Mari Lim, who has looked after Kabang since her original owner died in 2015, announced on Facebook this week that the 13-year-old beloved pooch died in her sleep on Monday.

Kabang won celebrity status when she jumped in front of a speeding motorcycle to save her former owner’s young daughter and niece in 2011, but sadly lost her upper jaw in the accident.

The news of her death has prompted an outpouring of grief and tributes on social media for the mutt, while the Facebook post was shared thousands of times.

Hero dog Kabang (pictured in 2013 with Anton Mari Lim), from the Philippines, who lost half her face jumping in front of a motorcycle to save the lives of two girls, has died, her owner said

Veterinarian Anton Mari Lim, who has looked after Kabang (pictured) since her original owner died, announced on Facebook that the 13-year-old pooch died in her sleep on Monday

Paying tribute to Kabang, the vet who first treated the dog and later adopted her, wrote: ‘You have always been a hero, selfless to a fault.

‘I will miss you jumping over the gate to greet me every time I get home, staying beside me when I work in the garden or acting like a supervisor when I mow the lawn. You were just there.’

‘Run free Kabang,’ said many of the hundreds of comments on the post.

Kabang was owned by Rudy Bunggal until his death six years ago, when Kabang’s vet Anton Lim kindly take in the heroic dog himself.

The horrific accident occurred in December 2011 when Rudy’s daughter, nine-year-old Dina Bunggal, and her cousin, three-year old Princess Diansing, were playingwith the dog in Zamboanga City, Philippines.

Kabang (pictured in 2013) won celebrity status when she jumped in front of a motorcycle to save her former owner’s daughter and niece in 2011, but lost her upper jaw in the accident

In the accident, Kabang’s face became tangled in the spokes of the bike’s wheel and her snout and part of her jaw were torn off when the motorcycle flipped over, also damaging an eyelid

The girls were crossing a busy street when a motorcycle came speeding right towards them.

Eyewitnesses said that Kabang appeared out of nowhere and threw herself in front of the vehicle just before it hit the two children.

In the accident, Kabang’s face became tangled in the spokes of the bike’s wheel and her snout and part of her jaw were torn off when the motorcycle flipped over, also damaging an eyelid.

After the accident, her owner Rudy was told by Filipino veterinarians he should put her down, but he refused.

Kabang’s plight reached Karen Kenngott, a critical care nurse from Buffalo, New York, who set up a charity campaign to help bring her to the US, as veterinarians in the Philippines were apparently unable to treat her injuries.

An online fundraising drive raised more than $27,000 to treat her wounds in the United States, which saw Kabang undergo months of treatment.

Surgeons were planning to perform two or three procedures when she was first brought to the US in 2012.

The first involved dental work, extractions and covering exposed roots. They then closed the dog’s wound and restored nasal functions.

Eyewitnesses of the accident said that Kabang (pictured with Anton Lim in 2013) appeared out of nowhere and threw herself in front of the vehicle just before it hit the two children

Kabang’s plight reached a critical care nurse from New York, who set up a charity campaign to help bring her to the US, as vets in the Philippines were apparently unable to treat her injuries

Sadly, doctors in the US couldn’t reconstruct Kabang’s missing snout (pictured) but they were able to heal the dog’s wounds and treat other ailments

Prior to the surgeries, the dog’s bony structures were exposed to air, increasing the chance of infection, University of California, Davis veterinary hospital, said.

Sadly, doctors couldn’t reconstruct Kabang’s missing snout but they were able to heal the dog’s wounds and treat other ailments, before she was released from hospital in June 2013.

Kabang, who became a mother to six little puppies in April 2012, had a rough start in life when Dina’s father Rudy found her abandoned in a rice paddy.

He brought the dog home to fatten her up and feed her to the family, but his daughter and niece convinced him to spare Kabang and keep her as a pet – a lucky move for both dog and family.

Kabang’s remains will be kept in a concrete vault at the foot of a solid aluminium statue of her in the southern city of Zamboanga that was funded by an American fan.

 

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