BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A cat came to her best friend's rescue Tuesday when a young boy was attacked by a dog in his driveway in Southwest Bakersfield and it was all caught on video.
The surveillance video shows the boy, 4-year-old Jeremy, playing on his bicycle. He was coming home from school when he wanted to fly a kite. Jeremy has mild autism.
The neighbor's dog, an 8-month-old labrador/chow mix, sneaks up behind him and bites his leg.
The family's cat, named Tara, rushes the attacking dog and chased it away.
"Tara is my hero," Jeremy said.
Erika Triantafilo, Jeremy's mother, was nearby watering a tree when she heard his screams.
"I didn't really even realize what had happened until after when my husband showed me the surveillance video," Erika said.
Erika told 23ABC in the boy needed a few stitches , but he is doing fine. Erika said it could have been much worse.
"I've never seen a cat do that," said Roger Triantafilo, Jeremy's father said. "Especially ours. It just shows how much she really has a family-oriented mind set."
Tara became a part of the Triantafilo family in 2008. She loves to be pet and comes when called.
She also said the dog belonged to a neighbor and is now under voluntary observation at Bakersfield Animal Care Center. Sgt. Joe Grubbs, Bakersfield Police spokesman, said the dog will be quarantined for 10 days then euthanized.
The neighbor was pulling their vehicle out of their gated driveway when the dog escaped. The neighbor called 911 on behalf of the boy and his mother.
UPDATE, 11:19 a.m.: The family appeared on The Today Show on Thursday. Watch their appearance below.