Family cat charges dog, stops attack on Bakersfield boy
A family cat charged, tackled and then chased off a dog as it viciously attacked his owner’s 4-year-old son this week in their Bakersfield driveway.
Caught on what appears to be security surveillance video and recently posted to YouTube by the boy’s father, the footage shows the dog wandering around the family SUV in the driveway where the boy is riding his tricycle.
A few seconds later, the dog suddenly comes around the SUV and attacks the boy’s ankle, pulling him from the bike. Within seconds, Tara the family cat sprints into view and rams into the dog before chasing it away from the boy.
Soon after, the cat returns to the boy, who appears to be receiving aid from his mother.
The boy received stitches for a deep bite wound on his leg, his mother told KERO-TV Channel 23 in Bakersfield.
The dog reportedly belonged to a neighbor and was under observation, she added.
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