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05/14/2014 12:08 pm ET Updated May 15, 2014

Hero Cat Saves Boy From Dog Attack In Amazingly Candid Video

Think the phrase "scaredy cat" applies to all felines? Think again.

A little boy was riding his bicycle in the driveway of his Bakersfield, California, home when he was suddenly attacked by a neighbor's dog, ABC affiliate KERO reported. Luckily, the family cat, Tara, came to the rescue.

The scary encounter was all caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube by the boy's father, Roger Triantafilo, who noted the kitty's amazing feat.

"My cat defends my son during a vicious dog attack and runs the dog off before he can do additional damage," Triantafilo wrote in in the video's description. "Thankfully, my son is fine!"

The child's mother told KERO he needed a few stitches but is OK otherwise.

UPDATE: TMZ reports the dog is in the custody of animal control officers and, due to its continued aggressive nature, will likely be put to sleep.

This story has been updated with information about the dog's future.

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