Philippines: half-snout "hero" dog set for $20,000 face surgery in U.S.

Kabang, the dog hailed as a hero in the Philippines, reportedly lost half her face while saving two girls from a speeding motorcycle.</p>

Kabang, the dog hailed as a hero in the Philippines, reportedly lost half her face while saving two girls from a speeding motorcycle.

Kabang has one of the more gruesome dog faces you'll ever see.

The canine, a native of Zamboanga City in the Philippines, has only half a snout. Her tongue lolls impossibly out of her skull. Watching her attempt to eat a mound of rice is heartbreaking.

But, according to Manila's GMA News, donors from around the world have pitched in enough cash ($20,000) to fly Kabang to the states for reconstructive facial surgery.

The center where she'll be treated, the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at University of California - Davis, is adept at cutting-edge dog jaw replacement. An American dog whose jaw was recently replaced by the center appears to be strutting around as if nothing ever happened.

As the Philippine Inquirer explains, Kabang is something of a hero. The top half of her snout was ripped off by the wheels of a motorbike, which she reportedly intercepted to save two young girls.

Just another inspiring tale of an uninsured street dog from the Philippines receiving expensive, state-of-the-art health care in America.