CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Family Cat Saves Boy From Dog Attack

By NBC Bay Area Staff
|  Wednesday, May 21, 2014  |  Updated 1:14 PM PDT
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    A 4-year-old California boy attacked by a neighbor's dog was saved by the family cat, the family says.

    Home security camera footage recorded on Tuesday afternoon appears to show the neighbor's dog spying on the little boy from the other side of a parked car in the driveway in front of the boy’s Bakersfield home, according to a clip posted to YouTube.

     The dog crawls around the back of the vehicle and then pounces on the boy, clamping down on his leg.

    But the family cat was not having any of it: It went after the dog, not once, but twice.

    The boy’s mother, Erica Triantafilo, was also out in the driveway with the little boy and came running over to help. She told KGET she tried to chase the dog away, and it bit her, too.

    The boy was taken to the hospital. He had to get 10 stitches.

    Erica Triantafilo told NBC's Bakersfield affiliate the neighbor's dog is being quarantined while its fate is decided.

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