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City mourns loss of hero dog who made huge sacrifice to save two girls

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A hero dog who had her snout ripped off while rescuing two girls from a motorcycle accident has passed away peacefully in her sleep at the grand old age of 13.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 25/05/2021, 21:00, Updated on the 03/06/2021, 16:00

Kabang was a bonafide super-pooch. She became an international hero back in 2011 when she saved two girls from a potentially fatal accident. 

The selfless canine leapt in front of an out of control motorbike heading straight toward the young girls. The girls were unharmed, but poor Kabang lost her nose and top jaw after getting trapped in the bike's front wheel.

A hero pooch and the life she always deserved

It took vets five hours to repair the damage, and Kabanng had to stay in the animal hospital for two years. But although she lost her snout, this was just the beginning of a new (and much brighter) chapter in this brave dog's life. 


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After making her recovery, the former stray pooch found a forever home with veterinarian surgeon Dr Anton Lim. She was then named the official hero dog of her home city, Zamboanga, Philippines. And she went on to become a Global Ambassador for Animal Welfare and Responsible Pet Ownership, making regular guest appearances all over the world. 

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But, unfortunately, Kabang's inspiring story recently came to an end. She passed away last week, peacefully sliding over the Rainbow Bridge during an afternoon snooze in her dog bed. She was 13 years old. 

Sleep well, sweet pooch

"Kabang was a courageous and loving dog," wrote a spokesperson from UC Davis Veterinary Centre, the hospital where Kabang received her life-saving treatment. "We're pleased to see she had a long life. Our condolences to Dr Lim and all who cared for her. Rest in peace, sweetheart."

Kabang might be gone. But she'll never be forgotten. The Kabang Legacy Fund is accepting donations via GoFundMe. All money will go towards helping street dogs in the Philippines. And Zamboanga City officials are drawing up plans to erect a statue of Kabang near her final resting place.