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Kabang in June 2013
SpeciesCanis lupus familiaris
Born(2008-02-29)February 29, 2008
Zamboanga City, Philippines
DiedMay 17, 2021(2021-05-17) (aged 13)
Nation fromPhilippines
Known forSaving the lives of two children in a motorcycle accident
OwnerRudy Banggal

Kabang (February 29, 2008 – May 17, 2021) was a shepherd mix askal from Zamboanga City, Philippines, who became internationally famous and was described as a "hero dog" when she rescued two children from a potentially fatal motorcycle crash.[1][2]


Motorcycle accident[edit]

Kabang was a dog that was adopted by Rudy Bunggal as a stray puppy. In December 2011, Bunggal's 9-year-old daughter Dina and a 3-year-old cousin, Princess Diansing, attempted to cross a busy street in the path of a motorcycle. Seeing the danger, Kabang jumped at the motorcycle, knocking it over.[1] According to eyewitnesses, the girls did not see the motorcycle coming and would have been seriously injured if not for Kabang. The motorcycle driver and the children suffered only minor bruises from the accident.[2] Kabang, however, got caught in the front wheel of the motorcycle. "The bones holding her upper snout were crushed, and we could not do anything to save it", said Bunggal. "We just pulled her off the wheel".[2] Kabang ran off, but re-emerged at the family home about two weeks later.[1]

Recognition and recovery[edit]

In the accident, Kabang had suffered extensive injuries to her nose and upper jaw but Bunggal refused to have the dog euthanized.[1][3] Kabang, heralded by the Philippine press as a hero, had difficulty eating but otherwise continued living normally and even became pregnant.[2][3] However, over time her open mouth led to an infection, and as long as it remained open she was at serious risk for further problems.[2] Kabang was given antibiotics, but repairing her face via surgery was beyond the means of the Bunggal family.[1]

In February 2012, Karen Kenngott, a nurse from upstate New York, saw Kabang's story on the Internet and decided to help. She organized a grassroots fundraiser called "Care for Kabang". Initial efforts were unsuccessful, but with the help of the Animal Welfare Coalition, the campaign was relaunched in the summer of 2012.[4] They met their goal within four weeks.[1] The campaign also greatly increased Kabang's fame internationally. "She has become a superstar," said Bunggal in July 2012. "People come here to have their photos taken with the dog."[2]

Kabang was brought to the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis in the United States during October 2012 to undergo a specialized surgery.[3] Preliminary evaluations revealed that Kabang had heartworms and a transmissible venereal tumor, a type of cancer. She began chemotherapy a week after arriving.[4] Because of Kabang's preexisting conditions, surgery was delayed until March 2013 when she was treated. The surgery was a success and Kabang was released from UC Davis' care on June 3, 2013.[5] The $27,000 total cost of the treatments and surgery was paid for by donations from people in 47 different countries.[6]

Kabang arrived back in the Philippines on June 8, 2013, where she was given a hero's welcome in her hometown of Zamboanga City.[7] Veterinarian Anton Lim, Kabang's caretaker,[8] remarked "[Kabang is] as normal as she can be. She doesn't need any special medication. So aside from the aesthetic, she's normal."[9]

Death and legacy[edit]

Kabang died in her sleep on May 17, 2021, at the age of 13.[10] She was buried near a statue of Francis of Assisi in Zamboanga City in July 2021.[11] An aluminum statue in Pasonanca, Zamboanga City, was inaugurated on August 13, 2021, in her honor.[12][13][14]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Kabang was included in the book Dogs in Philippine History, which chronicles the key moments since the first domesticated dogs was discovered in the Philippines 4,000 years ago.[15]
  • Kabang was included in the "Dogs in Philippine History Special Stamps”[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Background Information". William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Kabang, Hero Dog Who Lost Her Snout Saving Two Girls, To Be Treated In US Hospital". Huffington Post. July 28, 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "PHL's hero dog Kabang soon to undergo $20,000 facial surgery in US". GMA News Online. October 9, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Timeline". William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "The VMTH Treating Kabang the Hero Dog". William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  6. ^ Daxim L. Lucas (June 9, 2013). "Saving 'Kabang'". Inquirer. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  7. ^ "Philippine town honors dog injured saving 2 girls". WRAL-TV. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  8. ^ Madarang, Catalina Ricci S. (May 27, 2021). "Memorial marker for hero dog Kabang to pay homage to 'humility' of aspins". Interaksyon. Retrieved April 23, 2023.
  9. ^ "Hero dog Kabang back in PH". ABS-CBN News. June 8, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  10. ^ Padilla, Cecilio (May 17, 2021). "Kabang, Filipino Hero Dog Who Was Treated At UC Davis, Dies In Her Sleep At 13". CBS Sacramento. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
  11. ^ "Zamboanga's hero dog 'Kabang' laid to rest". ABS-CBN News. July 2, 2021. Retrieved September 18, 2021.
  12. ^ Alipala, Julie (March 2, 2021). "Zamboanga's hero dog honored with statue". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  13. ^ "Kabang to get memorial statue". CNN Philippines. May 19, 2021. Archived from the original on May 19, 2021. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  14. ^ "Kabang, 'aspin' that saved 2 girls, honored with statue in Zamboanga City". Rappler. August 16, 2021. Retrieved August 16, 2021.
  15. ^ Madarang, Catalina Ricci S. (March 21, 2023). "New book chronicles dogs in cultural, historical moments in Philippine history". Interaksyon. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  16. ^ jreyes0314 (November 15, 2023). "PHLPost launches 'Dogs in Philippine History Special Stamps'". RAPPLER. Retrieved January 28, 2024.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)