Philippines' hero dog who lost her snout to rescue girls dies in her sleep

A street dog owned by Mr Rudy Bunggal, Kabang earned her fame after she saved two girls. PHOTO: INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

ZAMBOANGA CITY (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Kabang, the dog who lost her snout for saving two girls from being run over by a motorcycle about 10 years ago, breathed her last around 7 pm on Monday (May 17) on her bed in Barangay Pasonanca.

Dr Anton Lim, the veterinarian who has been taking care of the dog since the death of the dog's owner in 2015, broke the news to the Inquirer on Monday after he found Kabang unmoving on her bed.

"(I'm v)ery sad to inform you that I found Kabang dead in her bed with no prior sign," said Dr Lim. "It happened between 4 and 7 pm," he said. "I last played with her at 4pm and was supposed to feed her again her dinner. I found her motionless with no external sign or prior sickness. She died in her sleep," Dr Lim said in a message to the Inquirer. Kabang was 13, or an equivalent of 91 years for humans.

A street dog owned by Mr Rudy Bunggal, Kabang earned her fame after she saved Mr Bunggal's daughter and a cousin when the two girls were about to cross the street along Nunez Extension in December 2011.

The dog jumped over the two girls to take the impact from a speeding motorcycle which could have hit the children, saving the girls and losing her snout, as a result.

Her heroic action drew wide attention from people all over the country. Among them, Dr Lim, who went the extra mile to save the dog by bringing her to the United States for a snout reconstruction.

Dr Lim said Kabang was a voracious eater up to the last moment of her life. Before her death, she finished her dog meal at lunch time.

"We are very sad about her loss. We will temporarily bury her in our backyard until the dog's statue shall have been completed. Then, we will transfer her there," Dr Lim said, referring to the dog statue that the family had decided to erect at the Roseller T. Lim Boulevard, locally known as Cawa-Cawa Boulevard.

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