Kern County proclaims 'Hero Cat Day'

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) She's racked up millions of views on YouTube, thrown out the first pitch of a Blaze game, and now Kern County's newest celebrity has her own holiday.

The Kern County Board of Supervisors proclaimed June 3 "Tara the Hero Cat Day."

In May, young Jeremy Triantafilo was riding his bike in front of his house when a neighbor's dog attacked him. That was when the child's cat, Tara, came to his rescue.

The cat pounced on the larger-dog, chasing it away and saving the boy. The family's home security cameras captured the incident, and the video was uploaded to YouTube.

The rest is viral video history.

The county supervisors presented the entire Triantafilo family, including Tara, with a certificate and some toys for the feline.

The family said they were overwhelmed.

"Community, family, that's important to our core values," said the father, Roger Triantafilo. "To have this recognition is unreal. We're proud to be a part of this community. Kern County is our home, and we love it."

Triantafilo said Tara wanted to comment, but the cat got her tongue.
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