Hero dog that lost snout in crash to be released
DAVIS, Calif. (KGO) -- The hero dog that traveled to UC Davis from the Philippines for surgery to close a horrendous facial wound caused by a motorcycle crash will soon be released.
The dog, named Kabang, arrived in the U.S. in October 2012. Nearly a year before that she had most of her face sheared off after she threw herself in front of a motorcycle that was about to hit her owner's daughter and niece. The heroics to save the young girls have garnered her international fame.
A private organization called Care for Kabang raised the $20,000 needed for her flight and care.
When she arrived, exams and tests revealed that Kabang also had heartworm disease and a tumor that would require extensive treatment before dental and surgical procedures could be performed to deal with her facial wound.
Because it was not possible to reconstruct Kabang's upper snout, she will never look the way she did before the accident. However, the UC Davis veterinary team was able to close the facial wound to protect against future infection and reconstruct Kabang's eyelids and nostrils, procedures that prepare her for an active life.
Officials at UC Davis say Kabang has progressed through all the necessary procedures and has been given a clean bill of health to return to her family in the Philippines.
She'll be officially released from the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital on Monday morning.
animal, animals in peril, uc davis, children, california news
- Water main break floods Castro Valley neighborhood
- Four people in the South Bay die due to cold weather
- North Korea deports elderly Palo Alto man
- Cal students led move toward divestment
- Craigslist ad asks to rent family for Christmas
- Local schools race to keep up with technology
- Man suspected of throwing 2 cats into bay arrested
- Make-A-Wish, Macy's team up to help Daly City girl
- New option studied for treating back pain
- SF man calls 7 On Your Side to help in luggage mixup
- Photos: Record low temperatures freeze the Bay Area
- abcnews: Fierce winds force pilots to abort landing...
- roundup: Teen struck in crosswalk; EPA shooting
- weather: Bay Area weather forecast for Saturday