TMZ Gets Cat Fancy's Reponse to Hero Cat Story

What happens when Cat Fancy and a hero cat become celebrities? They both wind up on a celebrity gossip website, of course.

By Anastasia Thrift | Posted: May 16, 2014, 1 p.m. EDT

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TMZ yesterday aired a TV report on Cat Fancy's coverage of hero cat Tara, the tabby who held off a dog attack on a little boy before it got worse.

Cat Fancy is pursuing a story with the owners of the brave cat and wants to share this rare story, which could change minds on felines.

Tara's actions have also drawn minor league baseball attention, too. The hero cat will "throw” the ceremonial first pitch at a hometown team Bakersfield Blaze's May 20 game. The team said it was official on its Twitter feed today.

To recap,  4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo was playing in his family’s driveway when a  neighbor's dog ran up unexpectedly and bit the boy's leg. The Triantafilo family cat, Tara, then sped into the driveway, jumped on the dog and chased it away.

A media blitz followed, with every network news outlet airing stories on the cat. The story also held web visitors in thrall, with reports from news outlets like Huffington Post as well as cat-specific sites such as Jackson Galaxy's and Cat Fancy's.

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Walli    Bloomfield Hills, MI

5/21/2014 4:28:46 PM

Good for the cat but what provoked the dog to attack the little boy. It is my understanding that after the quarantine period the dog will be euthanized. Why? Maybe it needs a family that will train and love it. This does not seem very humane.

StarsAndStripesCats    International

5/21/2014 12:29:07 PM

God bless you Sheriff Tara! :)

rander    louisville, KY

5/21/2014 4:55:02 AM

I too have owned several cats that defended me...against dogs and aggressive people...if you love an animal he/she returns that love a millionfold. My four live with me in a small bedroom until we can be relocated and I would never consider giving any of them up to have a nicer pad. When I adopted them I promised to love and protect them forever and ever I sing to them and brush them they are my best friends.

Sabrina    Longview, WA

5/20/2014 7:52:15 PM

So sick of the myth that cats are aloof. People are morons. I hope that family tries in the future to deserve that cat.

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