Local authorities wanted to round up the injured dog and euthanize her, to put her out of misery. The Bunggal family, however, would have none of it. Animal Welfare officials treated Kabang with antibiotics, to prevent infection, and Kabang soon learned to hold down her food with her front paws, in order to chew with what is left of her mouth.
Kabang’s plight was covered in the Philippine media, and her story moved across the world, where Karen Kenngott, a critical-care nurse from Buffalo, N.Y., heard about the poor animal. Kengott orchestrated an online campaign, and the donations poured in.
Although veterinarians in the Philippines were unable to help Kabang, after $20,000 was raised, the little german shepherd mix was flown to UC Davis last week on a donated flight via Philippine Airlines, customs and care provided courtesy of Global Animal Transport of Canyon Country, California and a free hotel room from the Hallmark Inn of Davis, California. Although Kabang won’t have a prosthetic device installed, reconstructive surgeons at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital are determining how best to proceed over the next six weeks with procedures to stop the possibility of any future infection.
Just like Baumgartner’s dive from space, Kabang has landed on her feet after this ordeal, her life moving on like normal. She gave birth to a litter of puppies last April, and will begin her first round of surgeries on her teeth and face soon.
What a beautiful soul, don’t you think?
Images courtesy UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and Kenneth Alipala
UPDATE: Kabang’s surgery team has discovered that she is suffering from an aggressive form of Cancer and heartworm. Her surgery has been postponed until they have a chance to provide chemotherapy and treatments as necessary. Please keep Kabang in your prayers. The UC Davis team has given an initial positive prognosis for treatment.