MANILA, Philippines (CBS/AP) –Every dog has its day, but few canines get a motorcade on their return home.
Kabang, who lost half her face jumping in front of a motorcycle to save two girls, received a rousing welcome Monday in Zamboanga, a town in the southern Philippines.
The mixed-breed dog came back from months-long treatment at the University of California, Davis, veterinary hospital, paid for with $27,000 in donations raised in the Philippines and abroad.
Kabang is considered a hero for leaping into the path of a motorcycle heading toward two young girls, the daughter of the dog’s owner and her cousin, in December 2011. The dog’s face became embedded in the bike’s front wheel and her nose and top of her jaw were ripped away when the bike flipped.
Kabang’s actions captured the attention of the news media in the Philippines and eventually hundreds of people around the world who provided funds to the organization “Care for Kabang” for her nearly eight months of treatment.
The dog and her owner, Rudy Bunggal, rode in the back of a pickup truck festooned with yellow balloons to the Municipal Hall, where the mayor bestowed the title “Pride of Zamboanga” on Kabang.
One of the girls said that without Kabang, “Maybe I will not be alive today.”
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