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"She's a hero", boy says of intrepid cat who saved him from vicious dog

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Terrifying: The dog sneaks up behind the young boy
Terrifying: The dog sneaks up behind the young boy

Meet Tara, the hero cat who saved 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo from a vicious dog attack.

The feline curls up beside the young boy as he's interviewed by ABC News at his home in Southwest Bakersfield, California.

Jeremy, who has autism, is seen relaxing with his intrepid cat just three days after the terrifying incident. 

He is seen with bandages on his left leg, which conceal a deep wound in which he needed 10 stitches.

"She’s a hero! She has whiskers", the boy tells the interviewer, before giving him an appreciative kiss on the head. 

Video courtesy of ABC.

In case you didn't see the original footage, watch it here.