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Kabang to return to PH but will have new master

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CANCER SURVIVOR Kabang is shown in this file photo taken in Makati City with Dr. Edgardo Unson. EDWIN BACASMAS

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—Kabang, the female aspin (native dog) who saved the nieces of her owner from being hit by a motorcycle, is expected to come home from the United States before school opens this year.

This time, however, she will have a new master.

“Kabang may no longer go back to her original owner or master. She is coming home to us,” veterinarian Anton Maria Lim said.

Kabang is owned by Rodolfo Bunggal. The dog was sent to the US for medical treatment after the motorcycle accident ripped off her upper snout, leaving her face severely disfigured.

Lim explained that before sending off Kabang to UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in the US, Bunggal agreed to give up the dog for good.

“We had a legal and official agreement. Bunggal handed over to us the dog, surrendering his ownership to us,” Lim said.

“He waived his rights so that Kabang can be treated immediately,” he said.

Bunggal failed to travel with Kabang to the US as he did not have the necessary documents to apply for a US tourist visa.

“I don’t even know where to get my birth certificate,” he told the INQUIRER.

Bunggal, however, said he was happy to know that Kabang is doing well after the surgery.

For Bunggal, losing Kabang is for the dog’s welfare.

“Taking care of her is quite demanding. I don’t have the means to support her medical needs. I could not even support my own family well,” he said.

He added that Lim could very well take care of Kabang “because they can feed her.”

“They can provide her vitamins and other medicines,” he said.

Bunggal’s wife, Christina, said although she feels bad about losing Kabang, she agreed that the dog is better off with Lim.

She said if Kabang stays with them when she comes back, “she has to live again here, sleeping on cold pavements, rain or shine.”

“The thought that she is okay already consoles me,” Christina said.

Lim said the Bunggals can visit Kabang.

“We can talk about visitation rights. We are not depriving them Kabang. We know that they took care of Kabang and they love the dog,” Lim said.

Kabang is expected to come home either late May or early June. She arrived in US on Oct. 9 last year.


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Tags: animal , canine , Features , Kabang , reconstructive surgery , Regions , veterinary medicine

  • kismaytami

    Tiba-tiba ang tsekwang vetirenarian. Keep ‘em donations coming!!! Money! Money! Money! And lots of it! Hoy Bunggal!!! Hanggang visitation rights ka na lang!!! Huwag mong pakialaman ang donasyon!!!

    • Mamang Pulis

      hindi ganoon sila Doc Anton—

  • InterPoll

    Kabang, I’m glad hindi ka nag TNT.

  • dragon

    kahit sa hayop may unconditional love din,inisip ng tunay na amo ang kapakanan ng aso.maikli lang ang buhay ng aso,ang pagmamahal sa kanila ay higit na pagmamahal ang balik nila.

  • Rachele Ranet

    This is a very misleading news..how come this news was published considering all the given information were FALSE? The Care for Kabang FB page made a statement already that this is false. Kabang will return to the Bunggal family when she returns and NOT with Dr. Lim..Mang Rudy is still the SOLE owner of Kabang, as stated in Kabang’s page..this is what you call irresponsible journalism

  • bugoybanggers

    Kabang is pregnant according to them the dog where raped by an American Shepheard.. nice at napalahian din. Sulit naman sana ang byahe tutal may tuta na ring kapalit.

  • Cruxofthematter

    The least these new owners should do is to bring Kabang to where she did her heroism. Never forget the goodness. She must be allowed to at least reminisce her past as well. The new owners must bring her to their not so fortunate counterparts in this world to share the beauty of a life in Kabang.



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