by: Joe Kelley Updated:
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A family's cat dramatically went to the rescue of a young child riding a bike in the family's driveway in Bakersfield, California, when the boy was attacked by a neighbor's dog on Tuesday.
Amazingly, both the initial dog attack and the cat's rescue attack were captured by the family's surveillance video cameras.
The cat, named Tara, seemingly emerged from nowhere to jump on the dog and protect the young boy, whose mom, Erica Triantafilo, was nearby.
Triantafilo said the dog continued to hang around after the cat chased him, and the dog then bit her when she tried to chase it away. (KGET)
Triantafilo said her son, who is mildly autistic, received 10 stitches, and her neighbors voluntarily turned their dog over to animal services to be quarantined. (TurnTo23.com)