Help is on the way in the form of state-of-the-art veterinary care at UC Davis for a badly disfigured canine hero from the Philippines.
As the story goes, Kabang, a medium-size mixed-breed dog, lost her snout and upper jaw when she leapt in front of a motorcycle to save two small girls in the Philippines.
It's hard to look at the animal, who survived despite her massive injuries. An international campaign raised money to send her to UC Davis, where this week she underwent tests and examinations.
Kabang will need at least two operations, starting with dental surgery followed by an attempt to close the gaping wound on the dog's face.
UC Davis' William R. Pritchard Veterinary Hospital has the most comprehensive oral and dental surgery services of any veterinary teaching hospital in the world, according to a university news release.
"We are confident we can improve her condition going forward," said UC Davis veterinary surgeon Frank Verstraete.