Graphic: Family cat saves child from stray dog attack

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(KTVI) – Update:  The dog involved in the attack on a little boy in California was turned over to authorities and will be euthanized.

A vicious attack by a stray dog was thwarted by an unlikely hero — a cat.

The video was posted to YouTube on Wednesday. The user Roger Triantafilo caught the incident on surveillance cameras.

The video shows Triantafilo’s son in the driveway on a bike when a stray dog grabs the small child by the leg and pulls him off the bike.

But then out of no where, the family’s cat lunges at the dog and chased him away from the child.

The video shows the child’s injury and the stitches he got from the bite, but Triantafilo writes, “Thankfully, my son is fine!”

Triantafilo says his cat saved his son’s life.

WARNING: THE VIDEO IS GRAPHIC AND SHOWS THE CHILD’S WOUND. VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED.

82 comments

  • Jean

    Staged. Who has three “surveillance” cameras in front of their house conveniently aimed toward the driveway and just over a fence toward the street? You can tell there are three cameras if you watch closely as the camera angles change and the clock time on each frame rolls back. And the camera that just happens to be a close-up of the right side of the car? Really? As for the “wound”, special effects make-up is wonderful these days. Further, what emergency room is going to let someone in with a camera to take pictures of them attending to a patient? Think about it.

  • Roger Paul

    Wow….usually a cat won’t “protect” like that….ehat a good cat….she’d be getting all the “treats” she wanted in my house…

  • Pam

    I watched 2 different videos and guess what…..the child was attacked on the passenger side and the drivers side of the SUV??? Explain that one

  • Johny Sad Bike

    As an aside, that bike is waaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy too small for that kid.

    There should be bite marks on both sides of the leg, particularly based on those wounds. I see nothing in the video that would indicate a bite, but the video is far away and not very good. The two large teeth on a dog are on either side and the wound shown is sort of what I would expect having just taken a careful look at my dog’s teeth. I *would* expect, if you were saying that you might have to go after someone legally, that the doctors *might* let you take a picture.

    One thing I do take issue with is them letting the cat outside. Outdoor cats are destroying our wild animal populations (birds, rabbits, etc) and really shouldn’t be allowed.

    Is this ‘real’? It looks like the dog grabbed the kid more front-to-back, but the bite wound is clearly side-to-side (and *only* side-to-side… and they only show it on one side), but I’ve read that there are police reports, etc, and that the dog is to be (or has been by now) put down.

  • Joe

    Since most comments on this are made by people who have the attention span of a gnat, she left her son to intercept the dog who was returning again. The mother was also bit. So, every one of you who claims she is a bad mother, and that you would have done differently, it is YOU who should check your parenting skills. This mother bravely faced the dog down. Had she grabbed the child first, the dog would have gotten them both from behind. In a dog attack, the worst thing you can do is to run from the animal, or turn your back on it. She did exactly the right thing. It is you dummies who are judging her, who would have done the WRONG thing.

  • ByeByeToTheRite

    Wow, that cat meant business! Great job defending the family, Mr. Cat! Don’t think I’ve ever seen a cat do that – I’ve seen dogs do it many times before!

  • Ba

    Not only did Mom run away, but Dad stayed behind the camera on the other side of the yard……what kinda parents are these!?!

  • rrhoop5469

    Another site said the dog tried to come around the other side of the car, that is why the mother ran off, to chase the dog away. They said the mom got bit too but I haven’t read that.

  • Stephanie

    Yeah, I noticed that too. The cat did a better job apparantly than the mother did at protecting that boy. She just done ran away leaving the kid behind wounded with that dog on the loose still….

  • Billy

    I believe they were those home surveillance cameras. You can buy a it from $120-400. Thank outside of the box please. I do agree with the mother part.

  • DontBreed

    I can only assume you have a severe case of the stupid if you can’t tell they are security cameras.

  • Carolynn

    Ummmm, seriously??? It was a surveillance camera mounted on the house. Did you not see all the different angles they got of the dog approaching from the various cameras??

  • patricia

    My thoughts exactly.
    I was mauled as a child and still remember my mother not picking me up.
    she went after the dog to make sure it was gone than rushed me to the hospital for 150 stitches .
    Everyone tends to know everything without experience. Shame on them.
    Be happy the child isn’t dead.
    Be happy surveillance was around for lawsuit.
    Obviously, mom was watching her baby she was there an instant.
    So much negative shit on the news people are quick to judge like they are god! Sad and pathedic

  • Altair-IV

    EXACTLY – them mother can’t fight off / defend against the dog if she’s holding the child. Some people can’t figure that out. This is why the airlines have to tell you to put your oxygen mask on first and then put your child’s mask on. Some people can’t figure out the correct priority / order to do things in an emergency.

  • TJ

    and his mom wouldn’t run without picking him up and taking him with her – what’s up with that? But – regardless – the cat was obviously a protector of this poor boy

  • Idiots Like Suze give me Hives

    If we only all could be as smart as Suze…………sigh…………

  • TJ

    Geeez take a chill pill. No one is judging (like you seem to be) – we are just making comments that include our thoughts. That what chat and blogs are for.

  • Caroline Alicia

    forget about the stitches! let’s talk rabies prophylaxis. I had to get those myself and not only is it extremely expensive (even with insurance), it’s VERY painful. The regular shots hurt like tetanus (and there about 8 of those), but the one globulin shot (supposed to be three but since my bite was so tiny the nurse stopped at one) was one of the most painful things I’ve been thru in a while. I nearly blacked out from it. The needle is thick and long and the globulin felt like acid pushed under my skin.

  • Raine

    Unfortunately, this belief that mothers are born with a natural instinct to protect their youngens does not always apply to everyone. But this is neither here nor there. That being said…. Good for you Brave kitty!!! But I must say, I do agree that carrying the child would be difficult if you want your hands to be free in case the dog came back, but I think if that were me, I would have escorted that kid into safety before anything, not walking away from him with the dog on the loose while he is wounded.

  • Jennifer Varnum

    What a stupid comment. I like cats too, but most dogs are loving animals. Dogs are only dangerous when they are treated badly, or if they are feral and hunting or scared This dog is obviously dangerous, but kill all dogs because of the few that are dangerous? that is absurd. I love my dog, and if anyone touches her I will act like the cat in the video and also a mom on a mission to destroy whoever hurts her!

  • Dean

    Facts are it was NOT the mother but a passer by people , never let the facts spoil a good troll

  • Joe

    Since most comments on this are made by people who have the attention span of a gnat, she left her son to intercept the dog who was returning again. The mother was also bit. So, every one of you who claims she is a bad mother, and that you would have done differently, it is YOU who should check your parenting skills. This mother bravely faced the dog down. Had she grabbed the child first, the dog would have gotten them both from behind. In a dog attack, the worst thing you can do is to run from the animal, or turn your back on it. She did exactly the right thing. It is you dummies who are judging her, who would have done the WRONG thing.

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