Video footage showed a dog dragging 4-year-old Jeremy from
his tricycle in a driveway in Bakersfield. YouTube video:
Tara, the family's cat, ran to the rescue, broadsided the dog,
and chased it away from the child. She then returned to the boy.
“Thankfully, it wasn’t worse," the child's father, Roger
Triantafilo, wrote in a posting with the video. "My son is
Local minor league baseball team the Bakersfield Blaze has
invited the cat, assisted by the Triantafilo family, to throw
the first pitch at a May 20 game.
"We will be attempting to have her throw out the first pitch.
Now, how that goes off, we'll see, but the idea is to have her
pitch the ball," said Philip Guiry, assistant general manager
for the Blaze. Jeremy will also pitch a ball.
The dog, described as an 8-month-old Labrador-Chow mix, is
scheduled to be euthanized four days after the game, according
to Bakersfield police.
The Triantafilo family could not be reached for comment.
(Editing by Cynthia Johnston, Toni Reinhold)
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