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Tara the cat saved her young owner’s life from a vicious attacked by a neighbor’s dog. Now, her family is speaking about their feline hero.

The video was posted to YouTube on Wednesday. The YouTube Roger Triantafilo caught the incident on surveillance cameras. The video shows Triantafilo’s son in the driveway on a bike when a stray dog grabs the small child by the leg and pulls him off the bike. But then, out of no where, the family’s cat lunges at the dog and chased him away from the child.

Mother Erika Triantafilo told CNN, “Well he just got off the bus and it was kind of breezy and he wanted to fly a kite. And we tried to get it up with no success. And he was just playing outside a little bit, and I was watering some plants before we headed on in. The next thing I know, the dog was just there, and it was shaking him. Before I could even get there, my cat clobbered him. She saved the day. Chased him away, and came back to him after the dog was gone. I just chased the dog away — tried to get it away from my son – away from everyone, and get him taken care of.”

Reporter: “What were your first thoughts kind of when you noticed? Did you notice Tara had done that right away? What were your first thoughts?”

“The first thing, I didn’t even realize the dog had my son by his legs. I figured he had his pants or something else. Just Tara happened so fast, out of nowhere. I didn’t even really know what had happened until afterwards when my husband showed me our surveillance video and said “our cat saved our son.” It was truly amazing. She’s my hero.”

1 Comment

  • Michael T. Lemen

    I’ve never been much of a cat Lover ( Love Dogs ) but this time I was definitely rooting for the cat and a cool cat at that Any person or animal who can stop a bully in its tracks and chase him away is a good guy in my book. That was GREAT ! Kudos to Tara the cat, please take a bow

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