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Dog minus snout beats cancer

Davis (California), Dec. 26 (AP): A veterinarian has some good news about a dog from the Philippines who became an international hero after sacrificing its snout to save two young girls.

Gina Davis with the University of California, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the dog named Kabang appears to have beaten the cancer it was suffering from.

Kabang still faces treatment for heartworms in its arteries before the gaping wound on its face is closed.

Newspapers in the Philippines reported that Kabang had her snout and upper jaw sheared off when she jumped in front of a speeding motorcycle, saving her owner’s daughter and niece who were apparently about to be hit.

A nurse from New York state led a fundraising campaign to bring the dog to the US. Surgeons are planning to perform two or three procedures for dental work, extractions and covering exposed roots. They will then try to close the dog’s wound and restore nasal functions. The dog’s bony structures are currently exposed to air, increasing the chance of infection, Davis said.

Kabang may return to the Philippines in May or June. The bill for her treatment is expected to top $10,000. Davis said despite Kabang’s many conditions, the dog appears in good spirits. “She has come through everything very well,” Davis said. “Her appetite is still good. She’s still bright and happy.”

Blind grit

Blind and alone in Alaska where winter temperatures dipped below 40 degrees Celsius, a lost 8-year-old Fairbanks dog wasn’t given much of a chance to make it home.

But after walking 16km to the edge of a local dog yard, Abby, a brown-and-white mixed breed, was found and returned to her owners, a family that includes two boys and one girl under the age of 10.

The dog that the family raised from an animalshelter puppy went missing during a snowstorm on December 13 and the family never expected to see her again, The Fairbanks Daily NewsMiner reported.

“It’s a miracle, there’s no other words to describe it,” said McKenzie Grapengeter, emotion choking her voice and tears coming to her eyes. “We never expected to have her returned safe and alive.”

Musher and veterinarian Mark May said he came across the dog while running his team on December 19, but didn’t stop to pick her up.

 
 
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