Meet Tara, the cat that saved a child from an attacking dog

The family that owns the now-famous cat that saved their son from an attacking dog spoke with our sister station in Bakersfield, California about what happened.

Their 4-year-old son, Jeremy Triantalfilo, was riding his bike on his driveway when a neighborhood dog, described as a Labrador and chow mix, attacked him from behind.

As Jeremy was pulled off of his bike, Tara, the family cat, shot out and struck the dog. The dog then ran away with the cat, briefly, chasing after it.

"Tara is my hero," Jeremy told Bakersfield Now.

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