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By The Associated Press
Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, 7:06 p.m.

DAVIS, Calif. — A dog who became an international cause celebre after her snout was sliced off saving two young girls in the Philippines has been brought to the University of California, Davis, where veterinarians will try to help her.

The mixed-breed dog, named Kabang, reportedly threw herself into the path of a speeding motorcycle just as it was about to hit the girls, crossing a roadway in Zamboanga City.

The lunge, by all accounts, saved the lives of the daughter and niece of Kabang's owner, but cost the dog her snout and upper jaw, which was sheared off when she got tangled in the motorcycle's spokes.

The gruesome injury puts her in grave danger of infection. At minimum, the gaping wound must be closed, a delicate procedure that is beyond the capability of veterinarians in the Philippines.

Karen Kenngott, a critical care nurse from Buffalo, N.Y., spearheaded an online fundraising campaign for the dog, which will need many surguries.

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