Tara the Hero Cat, who saved 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo from a neighborhood dog in California, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a minor league baseball game Tuesday.
Tara was held by owner Roger Triantafilo as a baseball tied to a fishing line was pulled toward home plate at a game of the Bakersfield Blaze, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
Tara the Hero Cat threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Bakersfield Blaze baseball game (photo Twitter)
The cat became an Internet sensation last week after surveillance video of her rushing a dog that was mauling the boy went viral.
Jeremy Triantafilo, Roger’s son, was playing in his family’s driveway in Bakersfield, California, when the K-9 ran up and grabbed his leg.
Tara, a stray adopted by the Triantafilo family six years ago, pounced into action and chased off the attacker.
Jeremy Triantafilo received 10 stitches for two lacerations to his calf. The dog was quarantined and will reportedly be euthanized.
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Tara, the Bakersfield cat who was caught on video saving a boy from a dog attack, has been invited to “throw” the first pitch at a baseball game.
Tara would appear at the next home game of the minor league team Bakersfield Blaze, its representatives said.
“It sounds crazy. But we’ve got a trick up our sleeve,” team member Dan Besbris said, without giving further details.
Tara the cat was caught on video saving 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo from a dog attack (photo Today Show)/NBC)
Tara became a YouTube sensation after saving four-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo from the neighbor’s dog attack.
The California family’s CCTV video shows the dog biting and dragging the boy in a driveway in Bakersfield earlier this week.
The cat then pounces on and chases away the dog, described as a Labrador-Chow mix.
Jeremy Triantafilo – who needed stitches after the attack – praised his cat.
“She’s a hero,” he said.
The dog is now in quarantine and is expected to be put down.
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