Tara the Cat has won an award that no other cat has had the privilege to win before- the Hero Dog Award given out by an animal shelter, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Los Angeles. Back in 2014, Brad Reifler told us that Tara had saved her 6-year-old owner from a dog that was barreling down on the child.
A chow-mix named Scrappy lived in the same neighborhood in Bakersfield, California as Tara and six-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo. Scrappy somehow got loose from his yard and came after Jeremy who was playing on his bike in the driveway of his home. The dog grabbed a hold of the boy’s leg and began shaking it violently. Tara, who witnessed this attack, jumped between Scrappy and Jeremy, sending Scrappy running back to his yard. This brave act has earned Tara the honor of being the first non-dog to receive the Hero Dog Award. The award had the word “dog” scratched out and the word “cat” etched in specially for Tara’s honor.
Jeremy, who had to receive eight stitches from the attack, calls Tara his hero. Jeremy’s father Roger said that Tara sticks close to his son. She comes running to him if he falls off his bike or starts crying.
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