Meet Tara the ‘Hero Cat’ that saved boy from dog attack

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A Bakersfield, California, family is thanking their beloved cat for lending their young son one of her nine lives yesterday.

Surveillance video showed a dog sneaking up on Jeremy Triantafilo, 4, as he is riding a bicycle in the driveway.

Just as the dog pounces and grabs the boy’s leg, Tara the family cat appears to dart out of nowhere and chases the dog off.

The dog belongs to a neighbor.

Tara adopted the couple five years ago when she followed them home from a park. When Jeremy was a newborn, she would crawl into his crib and curl up next to him.

“To have her, with no regard for her own life, fly at the dog to protect him. I’ve never seen anything like that,” said Erica Triantafilo.

“She’s a hero!” Jeremy said.


  • Ladyhawk21

    the family took the cat in and gave it home – the lucky kitty was giving back to them! good karma follows where good is given

  • Bart

    Not surprising. I’ve seen cats that would attack any dogs that came into their territory and had one that did a quick hit and run on a puppy we brought home that was wrestling with our oldest daughter.

    There are additional video on youtube showing other cats doing what the one in this story did. Cats can be protective.

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