Heroic Snoutless Dog Set for Two Surgeries at UC Davis

An unprecedented humanitarian effort to help Kabang, the dog who became an international hero after her snout was severed saving the lives of two young girls in the Phillippines, has brought the canine to the U.S. for lifesaving surgery.  On Thursday, Kabang had her first examination with a veterinary team at UC Davis.

Last December, the two-year-old dog demonstrated her loyalty by throwing herself into the path of a motorcycle that was just about to hit the daughter and niece of her owner. The two girls were scratched and bruised, but the accident literally tore off the upper half of the dog’s face and snout when she got tangled in the spokes of the motorcycle.

Kabang’s injuries left her with a gaping hole in the missing part of her jaw that required delicate surgery beyond the capabilities of veterinarians in the Phillippines. Her story touched the heart of critical care nurse Karen Kenngott who organized a fundraising campaigned that raised more than $20,000 in donations from 20 different countries. Kabang was brought to the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis with her local veterinarian.

“We are pleased with what we discovered,” said Frank Verstraete, DVM, one of the veterinary surgeons who conducted an hour-long exam Thursday. “We are confident we can improve her condition going forward.”

Veterinarians are planning at least two surgeries for Kabang over the next six weeks. The first will concentrate on dental work and the second surgery will try to close the large wound on her face which will protect and improve her quality of life. Veterinarians explained that it will keep dust and germs from going into her lungs.

“There are no plans to fit Kabang with a ‘prosthetic snout’ or to replace her jaw,” a hospital statement said. The primary goal is to keep the dog from getting any infections from her wounds that would threaten her life, rather than worry about aesthetic beauty.

Kabang was found as an abandoned puppy two years ago in a swamp by her owner, Rudy Bunggal. He originally brought the dog home to fatten her up and feed her to his family, but his daughter, Dina and niece, Princess, became fond of the dog and kept her as a pet. The girls named the puppy Kabang, which means “spotty.”

Hopefull the two surgeries will provide this remarkable dog with a long and happy life.

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Lydia Weissmuller Price

And so the beautiful dog who was intended to be their dinner ended up saving their lives. It was the hearts of the dog and the children that caused them all to be saved. I hope that this family does not still eat dogs.

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

.4 years ago

good news,glad to hear,thank you for sharing

ann b.
Ann B4 years ago

Poor dog.

Robert O.
Robert O4 years ago

Thanks Sharon. I wish Kabang the best but still believe that jaw replacement or a prosthetic would be a nice thought as well. I'm sure it could be done and there would be donors lined up all across the globe.

Marcia Moore
Marcia Moore4 years ago

What beautiful people, the critical care nurse, those who donated and the vet surgeons! They have the qualities of our first responders, compassion, determined to make a positive difference in this world. When there are so many stories that grabs headlines of those who are selfish, narrow minded, thinking their way is the only way not only will they not help their fellow man but will take from them or harm them, let alone what they would do to an animal. It is so refreshing to read of the efforts and the blessings beautiful people perform all over this planet! God love them and bless them.

Kristen Lowry
Kristen Lowry4 years ago

I've never met a human being that I liked more than my dog.

Annaliisa A.

What a brave dog.
Hopefully Kabangs quality of live after the surgeries will be good and s/he will have a good and happy life.

Stacey M.
Stacey M4 years ago

They were going to eat the dog - sadistic sob's!

Melinda K.
Past Member 4 years ago

Gosh, what terrible injuries, amazing he is alive, amazing work to support this dog.