Video: Cat saves young boy from dog attack
When you think of heroic pets, perhaps the household cat would not jump to mind.
In this incident, it was the feline that saved the day, after an innocent child was subject to a brief but vicious attack from a dog.
The incident happened in Bakersfield, California, and involves Jeremy Triantafilo, a neighbour's dog, and his family cat.
The child had his back turned to the dog when it bit and refused to let go. The brave moggie jumped in and slammed against the attacking dog and chased it away, before the boy's mother saw and came to help her child.
“Thankfully, it wasn’t worse,” his father, Roger Triantafilo, wrote in posting the video. “My son is fine.”
It is understood the boy received a number of stitches.
Bakersfield police said the attacking dog, identified as an 8-month-old Labrador-Chow mix, had been surrendered by its owner’s family after the attack and was in quarantine and would be put down.