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Heroes need to rest

HEROES NEED TO REST

On May 17, 2021, the local dog who has been recognized as a hero, Kabang, took her last breath and passed away.

It was back in December 2011 when Kabang saved the lives of two children – his owner’s daughter and her cousin, by jumping in front of a motorcycle that was about to hit the two girls. The children were crossing the road when the speeding motorcycle approached, and Kabang protected them by jumping over the children and taking the impact. Both her owner’s daughter and her cousin were saved, and Kabang survived the accident – albeit snoutless.

Netizens from the Philippines and all over the world heard of Kabang’s heroic tale and sent in donations to cover her treatment. Dr. Anton Lim took Kabang to the U.S. for medical care, and the whopping $27,000 (about 1.3 million in pesos) bill was cleared with the help of the people touched by her heroism.

After her treatment, Kabang was reunited with her owner, Rudy Bunggal, in Zamboanga, and they continued to spend their days together happily and healthily. But in 2015, Mr. Bunggal passed away, and Dr. Anton Lim decided to take Kabang in and continue to care for her.

It has been many years since the accident – and Kabang’s heroic act. At 13 years old, she took her last breath and passed away in her sleep. Dr. Lim shared that Kabang had shown no prior signs of discomfort throughout the day and that he found her lying on the bed right before dinner. Kabang passed away peacefully some time between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

The family has decided to temporarily bury her body in their backyard until the statue being built in her honor is finished. Once it is completed, Kabang will be buried under the statue that proudly displays her act of heroism and love.

“The statue [will serve] as a testament [to] a dog’s unconditional love… It [will] be a constant reminder to us of that love and why we have to love them and for us to serve as their voice and protect them against animal cruelty. It is the mission of Kabang that aspins should not be treated differently because she is a mixed dog or aspin.” – Dr. Anton Lim

Thank you, Kabang, for saving the lives of those two girls 10 years ago, and for showing us the kindness and care that our pets are capable of. Your memory will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace, hero.

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