16/05/2014 13:51 BST | Updated 16/05/2014 13:59 BST

Cat Saves Boy From Dog Attack: Hero Feline Tara Will 'Throw First Pitch' At Minor League Baseball Game (VIDEO)

The heroic cat who saved her young master from a vicious dog attack will "throw first pitch" at a minor league baseball game.

Yes, baseball. A cat will be "playing" baseball.

But Tara the tabby will be accompanied by her owner's son Jeremy at a Bakersfield Blaze home game at Sam Lynn Ballpark on Tuesday in Bakersfield, California – because she has paws and can't actually throw a ball.

The famous feline became the world's most badass cat when surveillance footage emerged showing her saving Jeremy by pouncing on the neighbour's dog as it attacked him.

Jeremy Triantafilo and Tara the rescue cat share a kiss

“She’s a hero,” he said of her dramatic rescue, before pointing out: “She has whiskers.”

Jeremy was riding his bicycle in Bakersfield, California, when a neighbour’s dog raced up to him and began mauling him.

While Jeremy lay helpless on the ground, Tara comes bounding into the frame and chases off the canine.

Jeremy, who is mildly autistic, needed 10 stitches for a deep leg wound, but rescue moggy Tara’s bravery undoubtedly spared him further injuries.

Jeremy had to have 10 stitches after the attack

Hi mother Erica was watering plants nearby when the attack occurred and told Sky News: “I remember her hitting the dog.

“But seeing the video and seeing exactly what she did and chased that dog away… seeing her turn to check on Jeremy then returning to him. She is my hero.”

Hero cat Tara at rest

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Jeremy’s father Roger said: “She followed us home from the park when Erica and I were dating. I said if she follows us all the way home, we can keep her.”

He added: “She has earned her salmon for the year – for life!”

A spokesman for Cats Protection told Huffington Post UK: ""This is an interesting piece of footage, because when a cat feels threatened its instinct is to hide or to jump up to a high place to protect itself, particularly if it has not been socialised to live with dogs."

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