Cat Saves Boy From Dog Attack: Meet Jeremy, 4, & Fearless Feline Tara

Thu, May 15, 2014 10:03am EDT by 30 Comments

The little boy who was saved by his family cat is now a superstar. Jeremy Triantafilo, 4, spoke out about how his beloved pet Tara saved his life from a ‘mean’ dog that gave him an ‘owie.’ Too cute!

Roger and Erika Triantafilo were so amazed by their cat Tara, who saved their little boy, Jeremy, they shared the surveillance footage on YouTube. Now, they’ve gone viral!

Boy Saved By Cat: Jeremy Calls Tara His ‘Hero’

Everyone is amazing by the video of a family cat saving a little boy’s life by ramming her tiny little body into the large dog and then chasing him away.

Since the video has gone viral, the little boy in the video, Jeremy, has declared that Tara, his family cat, is his hero.

Boy, 4, Saved By Family Cat During Vicious Dog Attack — Video

“I love Tara a whole lot. She’s a hero,” Jeremy told 23 ABC while lovingly petting Tara, who was sitting next to him at the time of his interview.

Jeremy also told reporters that Tara is 4-years-old, and that she saved him from her “mean dog.”

Boy Saved By Cat: Full Surveillance Video Of Vicious Dog Attack

If you have not seen the wild video, it features Jeremy innocently riding his bicycle in the family driveway when their neighbors dog breaks loose and attacks him from behind. Suddenly, Tara comes out of nowhere and slams her body into the dog which scares him away and ultimately saves Jeremy.

Police Say Neighbors Dog Will Be Euthanized

The incident happened on Tuesday, May 13, and after the dog’s owner called 911 so that Jeremy could be treated for his injuries, his dog was taken to Bakersfield Animal Care Center.

Bakersfield Police Sgt. Joe Grubbs told the news outlet that the dog will be quarantined for 10 days, and then he will be euthanized.

According to the report, the dog escaped the neighbors backyard while his owner was pulling a car out of the gate.

“We aren’t upset with our neighbors, we’re just thankful our son wasn’t injured more… Our cat is my hero!” Erika declared. 

We are just glad that little Jeremy and his adorable cat Tara are both safe and sound after the dog attack. Tara is our hero, too!

– Lauren Cox

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LaLa

Posted at 5:39 PM on May 16, 2014  

Tuna fish in water for dinner!

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mandyhunt

Posted at 11:59 AM on May 16, 2014  

Give that cat a Bells. She is a hero. So glad Jeremy and Tara is okay.

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Bernice Nelson

Posted at 9:20 AM on May 16, 2014  

Don’t kill the dog!!! I don’t condone the attack but we are not sheep here people, it was wrong but WHY did the dog attack? Is it possible the child or others have antagonized it so behind bars, or that it is neglected at home so it has no people skills or do you really think that this animal is just useless and deserves to be dead because dogs just attack, which they dont. Here in South Africa we have animals in abusive households and eventually they retaliate to kids or owners and the animal services take care of them..we don’t kill them, THERE IS ALWAYS A REASON, unfortunately the DOGS REASON ISN’T ON TAPE. :) Other than that, that kitty is awesomeness for protecting! Well done Tara!

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kitty

Posted at 3:02 PM on June 7, 2014  

Did you not see the video? The dog isn’t reacting to a child, the dog is not being antagonized, the attack is completely unprovoked, and the dog is clearly stalking the child. The dogs don’t hold grudges and then attack, it’s clear from the video from dog’s body language that the dog is stalking the boy, the dog clearly looks at the boy as pray. As to the reason – yes, it is possible the dog was neglected and not trained, but it’s equally possible it was born aggressive. Just like with people – some aggressive people are aggressive because of circumstances and some because of nature, so are dogs. This dog is clearly aggressive – it was not put to sleep right away it was taken to humane society for observation and while there it bit 2 employees and tried to bit everyone who feed it.
Incidentally, if the humane society gave the dog to someone in hope it would be retrained and the dog killed someone, the people who made the decision not to put the dog to sleep would be not only be liable financially, they’d be criminally liable. You can go to prison for murder if your dog kills someone (i am not even talking living with the guild because not every human has conscience). Are you going to go to a shelter and pick a dog that is known to be aggressive when there are so many friendly non-aggressive dogs put to sleep every day?

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Laurie

Posted at 1:06 AM on May 16, 2014  

This is not the dogs fault…it is the dog’s owners fault and the dog should not lose his life because of it! This just isn’t right!!

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kitty

Posted at 3:06 PM on June 7, 2014  

How about all the friendly non-aggressive dogs in shelters that are put to sleep every day? As to this being the owner’s fault – we don’t know. Yes, it could be the owner fault for not training the dog, but just like some humans are born sociopath, like some humans who have mental illness, so can be dogs. Some animals (including humans) are just born aggressive – some gene got turned on, something in brain chemistry got changed. You don’t know. You are lucky not to encounter an aggressive dog, I am lucky for only having had friendly cats (cats are different though, they don’t hunt humans like this dog did). Why don’t you ask yourself – if you go to a shelter would you knowingly pick aggressive biting dog? Consider that no insurance company will sell you home insurance if your dog is aggressive, also if the dog kills someone – you are going to jail. Good luck, go take this dog home.

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Sam

Posted at 7:03 PM on May 15, 2014  

I dont care what anyone says, a cat will kick any dogs ass :) But people are jumping to conclusions about the dog. How do we know that that kid didnt beat the shit out that dog before? It was the neighbors dog so anything could have happened. I mean he is a kid and they dont understand what animal cruelty is at that age. So there could be another side to this story. Always blaming the dog is sickening… And where were the parents? Where was the OWNER of the dog? I dont wish anyone harm but I actually feel bad for the dog.

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sniff

Posted at 2:00 PM on June 27, 2014  

The dog did not ask to be born, and does not understand that what it did was bad. But an example needs to be made each time a child is hurt, which means the dog must die. It must die to prevent it from hurting someone else, and to punish the neighbor, and to make sure the boy never has to see it again, and to set an example that if you cant control your dog for it’s 15 years, then you should not be a dog owner

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yenny

Posted at 5:44 PM on May 15, 2014  

I don’t think it is fair to kill the dog, he doesn’t deserve to be kill, they have the right to be alive. Save the dog and stop killing innocent animals. We think we have the right to do whatever we want only because we are humans, but animals also have the right to be alive. Sometimes I don’t understand why people have to be so cruel.

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Big Trish

Posted at 10:09 PM on May 15, 2014  

For all those who believe this dog should not be euthanized because he is a so called innocent animal needs to shut the hell up. If it was your child you would be screaming euthanasia. There is nothing innocent about that damn dog if the cat hadn’t got there on time who knows what might have happened to that innocent little boy. He is the damn victim not the fucking dog.

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cdd

Posted at 4:14 PM on May 16, 2014  

it doesn’t matter whos fault it is, the kid almost got killed, period! and for all those complaining about how dogs should be treated just as humans by that logic to them it would be ok for a human to attack the child and get away with it without any justice, and put yourself in his parents shoes, would it really not bother you to feel no sympathy towards something that could have killed your child

 
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sniff

Posted at 2:01 PM on June 27, 2014  

The dog did not ask to be born, and does not understand that what it did was bad. But an example needs to be made each time a child is hurt, which means the dog must die. It must die to prevent it from hurting someone else, and to punish the neighbor, and to make sure the boy never has to see it again, and to set an example that if you cant control your dog for it’s 15 years, then you should not be a dog owner

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jjj

Posted at 5:25 PM on May 15, 2014  

Dont kill the dog over this. Every dog is capable of tnis. The owners should hav been watching the dog. The parents should hav been out there with their child. Why does this dog hav to die for other peoples fault. Save this dog!!!

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Bonnie

Posted at 5:33 PM on May 15, 2014  

vicious animals belong in the wild tame ones however belong on a leash…if this was my child the dog would have already been dead.

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Sam

Posted at 6:55 PM on May 15, 2014  

See, thats why you’re just an asshole. Its an ANIMAL for christ sake they will always be unpredictable. Its the owners fault for not training the dog to not attack unprovoked. The dog is doing what its instinctively supposed to do if it were wild. The dog should be trained not killed. You’re just one of those asshole animal killers who think humans are everything.

 
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bo

Posted at 8:58 PM on May 15, 2014  

i agree put the dog down then give its owner the medical bills of the child that was bitten!

 
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Sam

Posted at 7:04 PM on May 15, 2014  

jjj I totally agree with you.

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Simon

Posted at 3:41 PM on May 15, 2014  

What is with the security cameras from all the different angles?
I understand people have security cameras directed toward the front and back doors of their homes in many places.
But there must have been cameras all over to capture all the different angles of this film footage.
And who took the time to splice them together so artfully?
Something seems weird about this to me.

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Michael Res

Posted at 4:54 PM on May 15, 2014  

Anybody that thinks this is real didn’t watch it very closely! In addition to the 3 cameras there are a couple of other red flags! If you pause the video after the dog has run off and the boy has gotten up you can clearly see that his shorts and his legs are completely unaffected(no tears, no cuts, no blood, nothing!) and he runs off with no limp or any other indication of injury.Plus, if you watch the actual ‘attack’ a few times you can see that the dog only seems to get a loose hold of the boy for about 1/10 of a second. Totally phony!

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Mccccc

Posted at 3:38 PM on May 16, 2014  

No limp? Loose hold? 1/10 of a second? I hope you have no decision making power over anyone. On earth. Ever.

 
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Jean

Posted at 3:06 PM on May 15, 2014  

should not be euthanizing the dog :( great story and great cat, but I do not believe in putting animals down like this. not right

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Joe

Posted at 3:23 PM on May 15, 2014  

You are brainless.

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Trevor

Posted at 3:40 PM on May 15, 2014  

Put that dangerous mutt down.

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Bill

Posted at 4:53 PM on May 15, 2014  

The dog was out off leash attacking a child – if this was Texas, it would have been taken care of immediately with Smith and Wesson. Plenty of dogs are out (unfortunately off leash) and don’t attack anyone. The owners should be fined heavily and have to pay out of pocket for his injuries, NOT using insurance.

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Sam

Posted at 7:14 PM on May 15, 2014  

Sure, you could take care of it with a S&W, but I would introduce you to a 500… Animals arent always at fault you moron. Fuckin police dog attack and they dont get put down.. And dont tell me its a different situation because its not. They ATTACK whether its ordered or not. Its the trainers fault not the dogs.

 
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Sam

Posted at 7:09 PM on May 15, 2014  

I agree. All the idiots below you are just assholes.

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Jane

Posted at 12:46 PM on May 15, 2014  

Watched the family interview on Today and understood why the mother suddenly left her son was because she was going around the other side of the car to see if the dog was coming back to attack. Comments about her yesterday were ugly saying she was running for her own safety and calling her a bad mother. Makes me sick that some people will automatically will jump to conclusions when they don’t know the whole story. That said, love the cat though.

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Trevor

Posted at 3:41 PM on May 15, 2014  

I thought she was running to get her car keys lol, that kid needed medical attention.

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Mister Baja

Posted at 12:01 PM on May 15, 2014  

don’t exaggerate, this happens all the time in Chihuahua, mexico!!

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Sinf

Posted at 10:33 AM on May 15, 2014  

Awe(-:

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