Last May, Roger Triantafilo's then 4-year-old son Jeremy was peacefully riding his bicycle in the driveway of their Bakersfield, California home when the unthinkable happened.
A neighbor's dog escaped his yard...
And in an instant, attacked Jeremy without provocation as his mother watched in horror.
According to The Hamilton Spectator, it was just a split second before Jeremy, who has autism, fell as the chow-mix named Scrappy tore into his leg and began to drag him down the driveway.
But then something incredible happened.
Tara, the family cat, charged the dog, saving Jeremy.
"I just remember hearing him," his mother, Erica Triantafilo told Today, "and the next thing I know, I see my cat flying out of nowhere, onto this dog, and just remember trying to get my son and get the dog away and back in its yard, away from both of us that it was trying to attack."
"She is my hero," said Jeremy, who required 8 stitches.
The Bakersfield Californian reported that the dog was later euthanized.
This past June, Tara received the "Hero Dog" award from the Los Angeles SPCA. Yep.
"We were so impressed by Tara's bravery and fast action," said Los Angeles SPCA president Madeline Bernstein in an interview with the Hamilton Spectator, "that the selection committee decided that a cat this spectacular should be the National Hero Dog,"
Watch Tara the Hero Dog Cat's bravery here:
Cover photo via The Hamilton Spectator on Twitter.