By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

June 10, 2013

Redwood City, Calif – Would Kabang, the hero dog from the Philippines, have been better off if she stayed in the United States? That is the question now troubling Karen Kenngrot, founder of the Care for Kabang campaign, which raised over $27,000 USD for the medical treatment of Kabang in the U.S.

In 2011, the 2-year old shepherd mix lost her snout and upper jaw after saving the lives of two young children from a speeding motorcycle in Zamboanga.

Over the weekend, she was finally reunited with her owner, Rudy Bunggal.

But reports from the Philippine Daily Inquirer indicated that Kabang is coming home to a broken family. Rudy and wife, Christina, have reportedly separated because of the former’s drinking problems. Rudy lives in a shanty and only makes about $5 a day as a construction worker.

Christina also alleged that Rudy maltreated JR, Kabang’s offspring. Some of JR’s teeth are reportedly missing and the dog has been suffering from skin problems. Christina took over caring for JR.

It remains unclear if Rudy will keep caring for Kabang or if Christina will take over.

Kenngrot admitted she’s concerned over Kabang’s future in the Philippines. She said she’s been in communication with Anton Lim, Kabang’s veterinarian in Zamboanga, and was told that Rudy wants to drinking so he can take better care of Kabang.

“We are still planning to build a shelter for street dogs in Zamboanga in honor of Kabang. We can build a living area there for Rudy and Kabang,” said Kenngrot.

Kenngrot reminds Kabang’s owners that the interest in Kabang’s well-being is not just felt in the Philippines, but in 45 countries that helped raise funds for her treatment and healing. Kenngrot said there could be residuals from the funds raised, which the campaign could still send to the Philippines for Kabang’s future care.

She confirmed that many people in the U.S. have expressed interest in adopting Kabang.

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  • kikayPang0
    11 June 2013 at 4:24 am - Reply

    I like my dog with spicy ketchup , in the Phil. they stewing it …. i call them stewpid alcoholics.