Hero Dog Returns Home

A dog who saved two girls' lives was given a hero's welcome when she returned to the Philippines today.

Dogs and animal lovers gathered in Manila to welcome Kabang back from the United States.

The shepherd-mix jumped in front of a speeding motorcycle that nearly hit two girls in 2001.

The accident tore off the top part of her snout, including her nose and jaw.

The story moved thousands of supporters and a private organization called "Care for Kabang" to raise money for treatment.

The group raised $27,000 and sent Kabang to California where she received surgery to seal the wound.

Chin Consunji of the Animal Welfare Coalition said, "your dog will go very very far for you. So there's no such thing as going too far. Twenty-seven thousand - it doesn't matter. You have to reciprocate."

Now that she is back in the Philippines, Kabang is a local celebrity.

The Animal Welfare Coalition, which helped Kabang get to the United States, is now planning to groom the hero to become a canine ambassador for animal rights.

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