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Kabang hero dog now receiving series of tests at UC Davis

By on Oct 14, 2012 in Animals, Asia, Science, United States Comments

Updated: October 17, 2012 12:20 p.m.

Read Kabang update: Hero dog that lost snout has health issues, UC Davis veterinarian says

Kabang, hero dog of Zamboanga City, Philippines is now receiving series of tests at US Davis, after arriving in the US on Monday, October 8, 2012, and was accompanied by Dr. Anton Mari H. Lim, her local veterinarian. This is after the female family dog saved two girls that caused her to lose her snout.

Kabang hero dog

Kabang, the hero dog
Image Credit: GMA News video

According to a post by US Davis School of Veterinary Medicine on Friday, October 12, Kabang visited UC Davis that day for more tests; a day after veterinary specialists at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis conducted a preliminary examination on her.

As noted in the report, the hero dog received several examinations, including a chest x-ray and an echocardiogram on Friday. Back on Thursday, Kabang‘s overall condition was assessed by veterinary surgeons with the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service and conducted blood and urine tests.

“We are pleased with what we discovered today. We are confident we can improve her condition going forward.” Veterinary surgeon Dr. Frank Verstraete was quoted in the report, adding that they have no plans to replace Kabang‘s jaw or to fit the hero dog a so-called “prosthetic snout.”

As reported last February, Kabang is owned by a certain Rudy Banngal, who told reports that her niece and granddaughter were walking outside one night in late 2011 when a motorcycle suddenly appeared and was coming too fast. The hero dog came out of nowhere and jumped into the motorcycle’s path.

Although Kabang was able to save the girls, her mouth was clipped on the roller and sprocket and was dragged along the street, which caused her severely damaged face. Her heroic act went viral in local news and Zamboanga City government honored the hero dog, until a lot of moral and financial support came in.

On the same month, Karen Kenngott, a critical care nurse from Buffalo, New York, started an online campaign, and later launched the website, which was followed by a Facebook page and a Twitter account. On September 14, 2012, the campaign reached its fundraising goal of $20,000.

Note: The above blurry photo of Kabang the hero dog was intentionally made since the extent of the damage may not be suitable to some viewers.

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