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Town honors dog that lost half of face saving 2 girls in Philippines


June 9, 2013: Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is shown to the media at a veterinary clinic at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines. (ap)

Every dog has its day, but few canines get a motorcade on their return home.

Kabang, who lost half her face jumping in front of a motorcycle to save two girls, received a rousing welcome Monday in Zamboanga, a town in the southern Philippines.

The mixed-breed dog came back from months-long treatment at the University of California, Davis, veterinary hospital, paid for with $27,000 in donations raised in the Philippines and abroad.

The dog and her owner, Rudy Bunggal, rode in the back of a pickup truck festooned with yellow balloons to the Municipal Hall, where the mayor bestowed the title "Pride of Zamboanga" on Kabang.

One of the girls said that without Kabang, "Maybe I will not be alive today."