CCTV footage has captured the moment that a young boy’s cat rescues him from a vicious dog attack, with the video going viral online.
In the clip, a four-year-old boy can be seen playing on his bicycle in front of his home in Bakersfield, California, when a neighbours dogs appears to pounce and attack him, biting his foot.
As the boy struggles to free himself from the clutches of the dog, his cat comes to the rescue and launches itself at the dog, causing it to let go and flee the scene.
The boy needed to be taken to hospital for 10 stitches after the attack on Tuesday, but it is only thanks to his feline friend he did not suffer more serious injuries.
The boy’s mother, Erica Triantafilo, wrote on Facebook:
“Our cat is my hero!”