Anyone who has ever been attacked by a dog knows that it’s terrifying, and can become dangerous quickly. Fortunately, one California boy was spared the worst of a dog attack when he was rescued—by the family cat.
4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo was playing in front of his family’s house in Bakersfield, California, on his bicycle when a neighbor’s dog wandered up the sidewalk. The dog came around the side of the family car and, without provocation, leapt on Jeremy.
The attack was recorded by surveillance cameras, and clearly shows the dog jumping on Jeremy and dragging him to the ground with his teeth. But the dog was there barely a second before the family cat, Tara, ran to the rescue.
Running at lightning speed across the yard, Tara jumped onto the dog and dug in with teeth and claws—immediately changing the dog’s mind about its meal. The dog yelped and let go of Jeremy, then fled the yard with the cat baring fangs after it.
Jeremy thankfully had only minor wounds. Two bites on his leg required a total of 10 stitches, and his father says he’s doing fine.
Meanwhile, Tara has become the family’s hero. She followed Jeremy’s parents home years ago when they were just dating, and they decided to take him in. Now they’re glad they did.
Of course, most people don’t have heroic cats to run to the rescue when a dog attacks. Dog bites are far more common than people know, and often happen at unexpected times. They are more common with unknown or agitated dogs, but even familiar and seemingly friendly dogs can attack with no warning.
If you encounter an aggressive dog, there are steps you can take to protect yourself:
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, we work extensively with dog bite victims. Victims of dog attacks deserve to be compensated for their injuries and we have a high success rate in these cases. Contact us today for a free consultation.