By Cecilio Padilla

DAVIS (CBS13) — Kabang, the dog that was hailed as a hero for saving two girls from being hit by a motorcycle in the Philippines back in 2011, has died.

Dr. Anton Lim, the dog’s veterinarian, announced on Monday that Kabang had died in her sleep. He had been taking care of the dog since 2015 after Kabang’s owner passed away.

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The clinicians, staff and caregivers that treated and cared for Kabang, the snoutless mutt from the Philippines credited with saving the lives of two young girls last year. Kabang has been treated and will be heading back to the Philippines in the near future.

Kabang arrived at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital on October 11, 2012 after a long journey from her native Philippines. She presented with pre-existing health conditions that significantly delayed her dental and facial surgeries. As the treatments for those conditions were successfully completed in February 2013, she proceeded on to her dental and facial surgeries in March 2013. Kabang came through both of those surgeries successfully and is currently recovering under the watchful eye of the UC Davis VMTH faculty and staff.
Photo by Don Preisler/UCDavis
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The clinicians, staff and caregivers that treated and cared for Kabang, the snoutless mutt from the Philippines credited with saving the lives of two young girls last year. Kabang has been treated and will be heading back to the Philippines in the near future. (Photo by Don Preisler/UCDavis)

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The dog’s earned international fame for her heroic story of leaping into the path of a motorcycle that was headed towards tow young girls. The dog’s face got embedded in the bike’s front wheel – ripping her nose and the top of her jaw.

Lim was able to take Kabang to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for treatment.

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Vets also discovered Kabang, who was a street dog, had heartworm and a type of infectious cancer.

A five-hour surgery closed up Kabang’s facial wound, and the vets also treated all the other complications. She returned home to the Philippines in 2013.

“Kabang came to us for treatment in 2012 and stayed in our care for 7 months. She was a courageous and loving dog. We’re pleased to see she had a long life after returning to The Philippines in 2013. Our condolences to Dr. Lim and all who cared for her. Rest in peace, sweetheart,” UC Davis Veterinary Medicine tweeted on Monday.

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Kabang lived to be 13 years old.