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Tara the cat, made famous in a YouTube video that shows it saving a 4-year-old boy from a dog attack in Bakersfield, has been tapped for another duty: throwing the ceremonial first pitch at a local minor league baseball game.

A family cat defends a Bakersfield boy who was attacked by a neighborhood dog. (Credit: Roger Triantafilo)

Video footage of the cat ramming into and then chasing off the next door neighbor’s dog as it attacks the boy’s ankle went viral this week after it was posted by the boy’s father, Roger Triantafilo. Since then, Tara the cat has become a local hero, and will do the honors — with an assist from the Triantafilos — at a Bakersfield Blaze game on May 20.

Caught on what appears to be security surveillance video, footage of the incident has racked up millions of views on YouTube within the last few days. It starts with the dog wandering near the family SUV in the driveway where 4-year-old Jeremy is riding his tricycle. A few seconds later, the dog suddenly comes around the SUV and attacks Jeremy’s ankle, pulling him from the bike.

Within seconds, Tara the family cat sprints into view and rams into the dog before chasing it away from Jeremy.

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