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Philippines hero dog heads home

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 01:19

June 10 - Hero dog Kabang, hailed for saving two girls' lives, is back to normal pet life but there are concerns about her living conditions. Michaela Cabrera reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Kabang the hero dog from the Philippines is back in her hometown of Zamboanga City, welcomed by the mayor and a motorcade with yellow balloons. Kabang has earned world-wide recognition after losing half her face while saving two girls from getting hit by a motorcycle. Thousands world-wide sent in donations so she could be brought to the U.S. for surgery. Twelve-year-old Dina Bunggal is one of the girls Kabang saved. Her family found Kabang in a swampy area when she was still a puppy. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) 12-YEAR-OLD WHO WAS SAVED BY KABANG, DINA BUNGGAL, SAYING: "Kabang is a unique dog. Without her, perhaps I wouldn't be alive now. I'm really grateful to her." As the mixed breed returns to life as a normal pet, her vet is concerned that her living conditions may not be ideal. She used to sleep on the doorstep of her owner's home. It's a shanty and her owner, Rudy, earns less than 5 dollars a day as a construction worker. He also has a drinking problem. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) OWNER OF KABANG, RUDY BUNGGAL, SAYING: "If I don't change my ways, my dog will suffer. If I use my money to buy alcohol, what will I feed my dog?" Donors have ensured a lifetime's supply of medicines and food for Kabang. Now Rudy is under some pressure to make sure she stays safe and well.

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Philippines hero dog heads home

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 01:19