A cat is being called a hero after the animal saves a boy from a vicious dog attack on May 13. The cat was captured on home security video shortly after the dog attacked 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo.
As the labrador-chow mix began to drag Jeremy, Tara the cat raced into the picture and threw her little body into the dog, forcing the pooch off the boy. Tara then chased the dog — an 8-month-old named Scrappy — away as mom Erica Triantafilo came to the boy’s side.
“Tara is my hero,” Jeremy said. The family has had the cat since 2008.
“I’ve never seen a cat do that,” Roger Triantatilo, Jeremy’s father, told the station. “Especially ours. It just shows how much she really has a family-oriented mind set.”
Jeremy needed 10 stitches but he’ll be OK, his mom told the Bakersfield Californian. Scrappy belongs to a neighbor, and he was “voluntarily surrendered” to the city pound, police said. After a 10-day quarantine to determine if he’s rabid, the pooch will be put down.
“It’s un-adoptable,” Bakersfield police Sgt. Joe Grubbs told The Post. “We’re [the city] in a liability issue here. If we adopt it out and it bites someone again, then that’s on us.”
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