(June 23, 2015) – A tabby cat named Tara made headlines last year when she saved her owner’s 4-year-old son from a dog attack.
The boy was riding his bike on his family’s driveway when a dog charged at him and grabbed his leg, pulling him to the ground. Tara ran from the house and body-slammed the dog. She then chased the dog all the way out of the yard.
To celebrate Tara’s act of heroism, the Los Angeles SPCA bestowed Tara with their highest honor on Friday. The SPCALA awarded Tara the 33rd National Hero Dog Award.
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As noted by the title, the award usually goes to a dog, but the SPCALA made an exception for Tara.
They even scratched the word “dog” off of the trophy and replaced it with the word “cat.”
“We were so impressed by Tara’s bravery and fast action that the selection committee decided that a cat this spectacular should be the National Hero Dog,” SPCALA president Madeline Bernstein said.
Tara’s award marks the first time a cat has received the honor! She received a trophy and a year’s supply of food from Purina.