By Alyssa Pereira

Tara, the 7-year-old hero Tabby cat from Bakersfield who famously saved her baby human from an attack by a vicious dog last year, has been awarded the “Hero Dog” prize from the Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Los Angeles.

In May of last year, a young Jeremy Triantafilo was playing on a bike in his home driveway with his mother nearby when a neighbor’s dog attacked, biting and dragging the boy by his leg. Before his mother could get to him, Tara, the family’s cat threw herself at the dog, sending him running in the opposite direction. Jeremy only showed minor injuries as a result.

According to KTLA, it’s the first time a cat has been given the honor. The organization was very impressed by Tara’s loyalty and bravery, saying that, “A cat who was abused, forgotten, or neglected by her family would not have been as likely to perform selfless, heroic acts to save her companion.”

As an award, Tara will receive a year’s supply of cat food.

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