Kabang to get memorial statue

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Kabang's memory will live on forever, and in the form of a work of art. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 19) — Kabang's memory will live on forever, and in the form of a work of art.

The late hero dog's official Facebook page said her remains will be laid in a vault that will then be placed under a statue made by Davao artist Kublai Millan. The news was also reposted by Kabang's veterinarian, Dr. Anton Lim.

"The local government of Zamboanga City is still looking for a fitting site to honor it's local canine hero, said the Kabang The Hero Dog Facebook account. "The memorial will be our country's first!"

The Kabang team said one of Kabang's fans who is based in the United States donated the funds for the memorial. Zamboanga City officials are still looking for a site to erect the statue.

Before Kabang was laid to rest, the team said it prepared a negative impression plaster with the canine's iconic facial features, as well as her paw prints.

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in California, where Kabang received treatment, also paid tribute to its late patient.

The institution said apart from surgical facial procedures, Kabang needed treatment for a heartworm disease and a type of infectious cancer. She stayed in the facility for nearly eight months.

"She was a courageous and loving dog," the veterinary medical teaching hospital added.

Dr. Lim announced Kabang died on May 17. Kabang was known and praised for saving two children - her owner's daughter and niece - from being hit by a motorcycle in Zamboanga City in December 2011, losing her snout and upper jaw in the process.

When her feat became viral, netizens from all over the world started to raise funds to help Kabang's treatment in the US.