ZAMBOANGA CITY—Hero street dog, Kabang, who lost her snout to save two girls 10 years ago, died in her sleep last Monday, May 17, at around 7 p.m. She was 13 years old, the equivalent of 91 human years.
Veterinarian Dr. Anton Lim cared for the dog since his former owner, a Mr. Rudy Bunggal, passed away in 2015.
“[I’m] very sad to inform you that I found Kabang dead in her bed with no prior sign. It happened between 4 and 7 p.m.,” Lim said. “I last played with her at 4 p.m. 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.”
In 2011 when Kabang jumped in front of a motorcycle to save Bunggal’s daughter and cousin, her face made impact with the bike’s front wheel, which ripped off her nose and upper jaw.
Lim then brought Kabang to the United States for snout reconstruction at the UC Davis School of Veterinarian Medicine in 2013. The veterinarians discovered that in addition to her injury, she had heartworm and an infectious form of cancer. Kabang stayed in their care for 7 months before flying home to the Philippines.
A statue in her memory is currently being built at Roseller T. Lim Boulevard, otherwise known as Cawa-Cawa Boulevard in Barangay San Jose.