'Hero cat' saves boy from dog attack

Published Thursday, 15 May 2014
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The moment a little boy was saved from a shocking attack by a neighbour's dog - after the family cat charged to his rescue - has been caught on CCTV and viewed by millions around the world.

VIDEO GUIDANCE: Viewers may find footage of the dog attack disturbing and should note that graphic images of the boy's injuries are shown towards the end.

Four-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo was playing on his bicycle outside his home in Bakersfield, California, when the dog approached and then attacked without warning.

The animal bit his leg and dragged him off his bike to the ground.

But, even though Jeremy's mum ran to help him within seconds, someone else got there first.

The family's pet cat Tara dashed from the yard, hurled herself into the dog's side and knocked it away from the little boy, before chasing it away from the scene.

I've never seen a cat do that. It just shows how much she really has a family-oriented mindset.

Roger Triantafilo, Jeremy's dad

As the dog took off out of view of the cameras, the cat abruptly stopped in its tracks and headed back to Jeremy's side.

While the little boy suffered painful injuries which required 10 stitches, the family recognise that things could have been much worse if not for their loyal kitty.

"Thankfully, my son is fine!" Jeremy's dad Roger said, in uploading the video of what had happened to YouTube - where it has been viewed by well over five million people in just a day.

He also revealed that his wife had first checked on their son and then tried to make sure the dog could not return.

"The owners were there also and she was bit by the dog as she tried to pin him in his yard," Roger said, adding that the owners did then get control of the dog.

It is understood that the dog will have to be put down next week.

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lorraine in Ireland wrote (73 days ago):
Incredibly disturbing footage..as a veterinary nurse I have always been of the understanding,working daily with animals, that something spurs an animal to attack..hunger,fear,aggression..but this was so random. I simply couldn't believe what I saw..the dog dragging the child around. A species a quarter of the dogs size actually charging and chasing at risk of being picked up and mauled itself! Incredible..the protectivness of that cat to its household..quite amazing
CC in Belfast wrote (74 days ago):
Cool cat!
Not even an animal person in Belfast wrote (74 days ago):
People say dogs are more loyal than cats , that cats stral your breath and kill babies etc lol , I always owned a cat until 2 years ago when it died , the cat never bit scratched or hurt anyone , i now have a small dog which is brilliant but he can into a nasty so n so at times , afterwards he trys to show hes sorry but he has that nasty streak in him as all dogs do , be carefull with dogs and kids , dogs can be jealous of kids too , ive seen it .
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