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Cat saves boy from dog attack

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- A family cat is a hero and a viral Internet sensation after saving her boy from a dog attack.

Jeremy Triantafilo, 4, was riding his bike in his family's driveway when a stray dog, described as a Labrador and Chow mix, came from behind and bit him in the leg.

The dog was violently pulling Jeremy down his driveway when his kitty, Tara, bolted to the rescue. Tara plowed into the much-larger dog and chased it away.

"Tara is my hero," Jeremy said Wednesday afternoon. He's wounded and has stitches for the dog bites, but he's without major injuries.

People across the country have shared in the cat's heroics after her owner, Roger Triantafilo, posted household surveillance video of the attack and rescue on YouTube. Triantafilo posted the 56-second clip Wednesday morning, and by midday it had already racked up more than 1 million views..

"My cat defends my son during a vicious dog attack and runs the dog off before he can do additional damage. Thankfully, my son is fine!" uploader Roger Triantafilo wrote with the YouTube video.

The family said they've had Tara for five or six years, after she followed the mother and father home.

After Tuesday's attack, police said the boy's mother tried to chase the dog off of their property, and she was attacked, too. She was not hurt.

The dog's owner later turned it over to city animal control officials. The dog will be in a 10-day quarantine and then euthanized, police said.
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