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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A family cat came to the rescue Tuesday when a young boy was attacked in his driveway in Bakersfield, California. Surveillance video shows the boy playing on his bicycle when a dog sneaks up behind him and bites his leg. The family's cat, named Tara, rushes the attacking dog and chases it away.

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That's one great cat!

#1 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-14 04:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

Good cat.

Was the dog actually a dingo?

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-14 04:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

That's one great cat!

#1 | Posted by danni

No S#it!!!

#3 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2014-05-14 04:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

And BTW, welcome to the surveillance state and the end of privacy.

#4 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2014-05-14 04:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

Man's NEW best friend!

#5 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2014-05-14 04:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

Something's wrong if this dog lives past sundown.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-05-14 04:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

Still think the "dog" may be a dingo.

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#7 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-14 04:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

That happened to me at about the same age... except for the cat part.

They didn't find the dog, so I had over 100 shots in the stomach... or so I'm told. I don't remember that part.

Wish I'd had a super cat like this one!

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2014-05-14 05:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

The cat's thought process: "Get your paws off of him, you mangy mutt! He's MY chew toy."

#9 | Posted by censored at 2014-05-14 05:19 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Tara jacked that dog UP!
For many years I had a cat which had NO fear of dogs. I suspect Tara reacted more because of her hatred of poochie and her intolerance of any mutt coming into her yard.

Weird though about all the video cameras recording the incident. Wassup with that??

#10 | Posted by catdog at 2014-05-14 05:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

Tossing the B.S. card. Dog was not provoked and the 'Mother' once checking on her son LEFT HIM in the driveway. Plus pictures of stiches look photo shopped.

#11 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2014-05-14 05:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

CATDOG the cat broke off it's attack and went back to check on the kid.

#12 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-14 05:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

Weird though about all the video cameras recording the incident. Wassup with that?

I wondered about that, too. Three different cameras in that vid!

#13 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-14 06:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

That dog needs to die.

I won't ascribe 'evil' to the dog, because animals can't really be evil, but it is clearly a willful threat to any human around, even if the behavior might only 'go on display' when it thinks it has a good target. And for that reason, such an animal needs to die.

Some say 'a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy'. If they drop the last three words their moral point would be correct.

The dog has no equivalence to a boy. The dog is a proven threat to the boy. The dog must die.

And yes, some really do try and draw an equivalence:
www.peta.org

But many see right through the stupidity:
www.amazon.com

#14 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-05-14 06:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

"and the 'Mother' once checking on her son LEFT HIM in the driveway"

Yes, to chase off that stupid dog, which should have been euthanized on the spot.

#15 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-05-14 06:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

"all the video cameras recording the incident. Wassup with that??"

This may shock you, but some people can afford multiple cameras. They sell the systems at Costco.

www.costco.com

#16 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-05-14 06:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Yes, to chase off that stupid dog, which should have been euthanized on the spot."

Where I live it's pretty much expect that if your dog makes an serious and unprovoked attack on a child it's your job to take the dog out away from the public and shoot it in the head.

Most people do it within the first hour.

#17 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-14 06:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

Where I live it's pretty much expect that if your dog makes an serious and unprovoked attack on a child it's your job to take the dog out away from the public and shoot it in the head.

Most people do it within the first hour.

That's a given here too, tor. And the owner won't mind doing it a bit.

#18 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-14 06:26 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

This may shock you, but some people can afford multiple cameras.

No, that doesn't shock me. (I own 5 cameras) But I am surprised at the paranoia implied by having that much surveillance in a neighborhood

#19 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-14 06:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

No surprise. Cats are just mini-tigers, like their big brothers.

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#20 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-05-14 06:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I own 5 cameras"

Are they all still in your bathroom. ;)

j/k

#21 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-14 06:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

I still wouldn't own a cat.

#22 | Posted by boaz at 2014-05-14 07:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

Good kitty, kitty!

#23 | Posted by Postone at 2014-05-14 07:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'd like to know the sex of the cat because I wonder if it is possible for a child to be almost considered a female's "offspring" and thereby protected by a mother cat? That kitty would eat only the finest cat food from now on if she or he were mine.

#24 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-14 07:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

Give that kitty a pork chop!

#25 | Posted by Mista Kurtz at 2014-05-14 07:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

@ DANNI

It's my understanding that cats can smell "youth" in other mammals.

That's why some cats (male and female) let the kids who live with them get away with murder but will scratch the crap out of any adult who does the same stuff.

#26 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-14 07:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

Great guard-cat.

#27 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-05-14 07:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

Weird though about all the video cameras recording the incident. Wassup with that??

#10 | POSTED BY CATDOG

Depends on the person and the area, at least for me.

Around my place I have 9 cameras because I live alone, 3 inside and 7 outside.

It's not even so much that I'm worried about crime either. More because I live alone and feel more comfortable being able to prove my activities in case I'm accused of something.

Sure it's paranoid, but I feel more comfortable knowing I don't have to rely on my word if something comes up. :)

#28 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-05-14 08:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

I use to have a Manx cat that would beat up the neighbors dog that was chained up, it was a small dog only a little bigger then the cat but I was still impressed by the Manx cat,It was one tough Kitty and smart

#29 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-05-14 08:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

Seriously badazz cat.

#31 | Posted by justanoversight at 2014-05-14 08:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

Danni there's a video of a cat that adopts ducklings who show up at the same time she has kittens. Speculation is the oxytocin made her do it.
www.youtube.com

#32 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-05-14 08:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Bakersfield police said the attacking dog, identified as an 8-month-old Labrador-Chow mix, had been surrendered by its owner's family after the Tuesday afternoon attack and was in quarantine and would ultimately be euthanized.

Police spokesman Sergeant Joseph Grubbs said the dog's owners, who live in the same neighborhood as the boy, said the dog did not like children or bicycles. He did not identify the owner by name."

Nope Tor the Dog is not a Dingo
thats from Raw Story

#33 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-05-14 08:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

"He did not identify the owner by name."

I suspect the law suit which will be filed will identify the owner by name.

#34 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-14 08:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

I suspect the law suit which will be filed will identify the owner by name.

If both parties are sensible and reasonable, there won't be a lawsuit.

#35 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-14 08:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

Gotta agree with Goatman #35 on this.

The owner surrendered the dog to be killed, which would have been the sticking point if anything is. Hopefully also offered to pay for stitches. If that was done, that should be the end of it. (not saying it 'will' be the end of it, but it 'should' be).

#36 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-05-14 09:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

Thanks Punchy.

Chows are known for violence.

#37 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-14 09:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

" If that was done, that should be the end of it. (not saying it 'will' be the end of it, but it 'should' be)."

Why should it be? The trauma was much greater than just the stitches. The owner of the dog somehow allowed this dangerous animal to roam free, he/she needs to pay for more than just the stitches.

#38 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-14 09:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

That said, the cat should get 50% of any settlement.

#39 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-14 09:58 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

The trauma was much greater than just the stitches

How do you know?

The owner of the dog somehow allowed this dangerous animal to roam free, he/she needs to pay for more than just the stitches.

Why? Revenge?

Funny how you proggies are against capital punishment because you say it is nothing but a revenge punishment and that as humans, we should be above that.

But isn't that what you are asking for here? Revenge against the dog's owner? You claim the child was traumatized, but how do you know this? If he wasn't traumatized, do you you still feel a lawsuit is necessary? If so, why?

Danni, you are just another member of the litigation lottery crowd. I've no doubt that if this was you and you weren't traumatized, you'd still sue the dog's owner even if he paid for all compensation (including destroying the dog) voluntarily.

#40 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-14 10:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

I hate the term proggies. It reminds me of perogies. Have you thought about returning to work?

#41 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-05-14 10:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

Have you thought about returning to work?

For a few milliseconds.

I had to look up "perogie". I've never heard of them, but they sound delicious! I think I'm going to try making some. I can think of worse things to be called than a perogie!

They sound a lot like runskies, but made with unleavened dough. Runskies use a yeast leavened bread. I make those once in a while.

#42 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-14 10:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

The trauma was much greater than just the stitches
How do you know?

Because we saw the bites and can make an educated guess on how it feels for a child to be subject to physical injury by a vicious animal? "Pain and suffering" damages isn't just for car accidents.

>The owner of the dog somehow allowed this dangerous animal to roam free, he/she needs to pay for more than just the stitches.
Why? Revenge?

Punitive damages so the owner thinks twice before doing something like this again (owning a dog with a history of violence and letting it run free). Apparently, according to other reports, the dog "does not like children and bikes." Perhaps other owners of vicious dogs will also get the message.

#43 | Posted by censored at 2014-05-14 10:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

Because we saw the bites and can make an educated guess on how it feels for a child to be subject to physical injury by a vicious animal? "Pain and suffering" damages isn't just for car accidents.

I've known people with worse injuries who were traumatized, and some who weren't. As for the ones who were, I'm not sure that throwing money at them would have taken the trauma away.

#44 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-14 10:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

Funny how you proggies are against capital punishment because you say it is nothing but a revenge punishment and that as humans, we should be above that.

That's not why I'm against capital punishment. But then I wouldn't presume to speak for the froggies.

#45 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-05-14 10:41 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

I had to look up "perogie". I've never heard of them, but they sound delicious!

They're awesome. Look up how to prepare them and try. Don't go to a restaurant.

#46 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-05-14 10:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

They're awesome. Look up how to prepare them and try.

I've been looking at recipes the last ten minutes. They look great. Sometimes it's hard to keep a dish authentic never having eaten it, so it will be a challenge at first.

It looks like most are boiled, but I see one recipe that fries them and a couple that bake them. What is the authentic way? Boiling sounds like you will get something like a filled dumpling.

#47 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-14 10:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

From frozen, boil them until they float to the top. They will be warmed enough if you let them stay in the boiling water a bit longer (most often they're pre-cooked), but they're better if you give them a short pan fry with some butter, onions, and peppers. Some people will also add small pieces of bacon. Serve with a bit of sour cream and chopped green onions.

Maybe I am used to them because I grew up in an area heavily influenced by Polish culture.

Now I'm hungry. I'm going home to have something to eat.

#48 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-05-14 11:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

I am watching a youtube vid on another tab right now. They do sound delicious, but also sound like a gut bomb, like my mother's dumplings LOL

#49 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-14 11:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

Maybe I am used to them because I grew up in an area heavily influenced by Polish culture.

There's a lot of German and Czech influence here in S Texas (that's where the blue eyed Mexicans from just south of the border come from) but surprisingly no Polish. I guess that's why I don't see perogies in restaurants here.

#50 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-14 11:46 PM | Reply | Flag:

- Labrador-Chow mix

No wonder he's confused.

#51 | Posted by Corky at 2014-05-15 01:36 AM | Reply | Flag:

Tossing the B.S. card. Dog was not provoked and the 'Mother' once checking on her son LEFT HIM in the driveway. Plus pictures of stiches look photo shopped.
#11 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2014-05-14 05:43 PM

OMG - you have nailed this one. I'm going to have a bowl of cereal and convince myself how she is one of the greatest amateur actress. Btw, how much lead do you normally eat?

That dog needs to die.
I won't ascribe 'evil' to the dog, because animals can't really be evil, but it is clearly a willful threat to any human around, even if the behavior might only 'go on display' when it thinks it has a good target. And for that reason, such an animal needs to die.
Some say 'a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy'. If they drop the last three words their moral point would be correct.
The dog has no equivalence to a boy. The dog is a proven threat to the boy. The dog must die.
And yes, some really do try and draw an equivalence:
www.peta.org
But many see right through the stupidity:
www.amazon.com
#14 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-05-14 06:09 P

This was not a normal domestic dog - it was targeting that child to kill. It may have also been seriously abused. I imagine the fact that it was a wild animal is also what triggered Tara to respond.

I'd like to know the sex of the cat because I wonder if it is possible for a child to be almost considered a female's "offspring" and thereby protected by a mother cat? That kitty would eat only the finest cat food from now on if she or he were mine.
#24 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-14 07:25 PM

I believe you are right - what we witnessed is entirely about protecting family.

#52 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-05-15 02:55 AM | Reply | Flag:

I had to look up "perogie". I've never heard of them, but they sound delicious!

You've never had them? My mom and aunt make several hundred ever year around Thanksgiving. It was a yearly occasion where I knew I'd be woken at least one morning by the eye-burning vapors of our neighbor's homemade sauerkraut being prepped as filling. Can't stand that crap (sauerkraut) because of it.

Love the potato and meat filled ones though. I have the recipe from my mom (originally from my great grandma, off the boat Polish) but I haven't attempted to make them yet.

#53 | Posted by jpw at 2014-05-15 03:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

Why? Revenge?

The reason why is obvious. The child was harmed by the neighbor allowing a dangerous dog to roam free. Those bites are not superficial, and the child could have been grievously hurt or even killed if that cat did not miraculously intervene.

If my kid was attacked and bitten by a neighbor's dog that had gotten out, I'd be thinking seriously about filing suit. It's not about revenge -- it's about making people take responsibility for their animals.

My dog is good-natured, well-trained and not aggressive, but if it got out and harmed somebody I'd expect to be sued.

Up the coast from here, a woman kept letting her pit bulls loose despite them being deemed dangerous. They killed a neighbor's dog and hurt the neighbor trying to protect it. The woman has been criminally charged:

jacksonville.com

#54 | Posted by rcade at 2014-05-15 03:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

I was thinking this before I saw this thread: I am not litigious by any stretch, but I would sue the dog owner into the poor house for this act of negligence. You do NOT endanger children through negligence. (Imagine the Sean Bean meme image.) Nor any people really.

The cat is amazing. Simply amazing.

#55 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-05-15 03:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

I still wouldn't own a cat.

#22 | Posted by boaz

I can see why. Cats won't lick your boots the way dogs do.

#56 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-05-15 03:32 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I can see why. Cats won't lick your boots the way dogs do.

I love cats, but I am certain that if I ever live alone and become incapacitated (or worse), they will eat me.

My dog would drag me two miles to the hospital.

#58 | Posted by rcade at 2014-05-15 03:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

Both cats & dogs have healing--sometimes diagnostic--abilities for their "masters". Some cats are more empathetic than others. Not all dogs would or could have done what Tara did in this event, which was both heroic & hilarious. i may get a dog or cat or both after i expatriate.

#59 | Posted by kenx at 2014-05-15 05:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

Our dog (we put her to sleep 3 years ago) would have gone ballistic if another dog attacked anyone in my family.

#60 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-05-15 05:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I love cats, but I am certain that if I ever live alone and become incapacitated (or worse), they will eat me."

Only if they're on a T-shirt. (stitch)

#61 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-05-15 05:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

That cat hit that dog before he knew what happened.

I like both cats and dogs and have had both. We now have a 20 lb tom cat that is more like a dog than a cat. He sleeps with us, lays on my recliner with me and follows my wife and I around like a dog. He is not afraid of dogs either and waltz right up to the neighbor's barking dogs and get in their face and tell them to shut up.

#62 | Posted by Robson at 2014-05-15 08:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'm not sure that throwing money at them would have taken the trauma away.

#44 | Posted by goatman

Money heals all wounds, physically and otherwise, didn't you know that goat?

#63 | Posted by mariosanchez at 2014-05-16 12:28 AM | Reply | Flag:

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