Kabang is the dog that reportedly threw her body in front of a motorcycle to save the two little girls who owned her, but her life-saving action left her very injured.
The top of her muzzle was ripped off.
The dog got national attention, and money poured in to help her get a life saving procedure. The dog was flown from the Philippines to UC Davis. Unfortunately, the dog had other medical conditions that need to be addressed before she can be operated on.
Doctors must remove a tumor and heart worms, both are common but serious illnesses. Luckily the dog has the attention of the world and people with deep pockets are making sure she gets all the help she needs, but other animals in our own community who don’t get the media attention aren’t as lucky.
The Sacramento County Animal Care Director David Dickinson says they get hundreds of animals in that need operations. When there is money, they operate but when there isn’t, the animals sometimes have to do without.
“(Animals) quite often don’t get the medical attention they need because the funding is not there to take care of the medical needs the medicines the surgery time, and they suffer because of it,” said Dickinson.
So, while it’s nice to donate to the heroic dog we all see on TV, if there is anything left over you can donate to local animal shelters like the Sacramento County Animal Care and specify the money be spent on medical treatments for injured or sick animals.