Cat wins Hero Dog award

Los Angeles Times - - OBITUARIES -

For the first time, a Los An­ge­les shel­ter’s Hero Dog award has gone to a cat.

In May 2014, Tara the cat fought off a dog that at­tacked her 6-year-old owner as he rode his bi­cy­cle in the drive­way of his Bak­ers­field home.

The So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals Los An­ge­les said that Tara body-slammed Scrappy, a chow-mix that lived next door, and chased the dog back home.

The dog was later eu­th­a­nized.

The boy, Jeremy Tri­antafilo, re­quired eight stitches.

Se­cu­rity cam­era footage made Tara a celebrity.

Tara was mel­low on Fri­day as the group gave her its 33rd an­nual Hero Dog Award in Los An­ge­les.

There was one change: the word “Dog” was scratched out and “Cat” was etched in.

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