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Tuesday, May 20 2014 11:36 AM

'First Look': Hero cat Tara will be safe at Blaze first pitch ceremony

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    Dan Besbris and Philip Guiry of the Bakersfield Blaze talk with Courtney Clerico, a volunteer for The Cat People, about hero cat Tara on a segment of "First Look with Scott Cox."

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    Roger and Erica Triantafilo, parents of Tara the hero cat, share Tara's story of coming to the rescue of their 4-year-old son, Jeremy, during a segment of "First Look with Scott Cox."

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    A cat that was stray in 2008 ended up being an instant hero for the Triantafilo family when it chased away a dog during an attack of 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo on May 13.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Four-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo looks out of the window at his home in southwest Bakersfield with his cat Tara Wednesday. The cat became a hero when a dog attacked Jeremy in his front yard on Eagle Vista Drive in Bakersfield and Tara came out and chased the dog away. Jeremy needed stitchea for severe bites to his leg and his mother, Erica, also needed medical aid from bites she sustained while protecting her son.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    The Triantafilo family cat, Tara, looks out the window at a dog Wednesday afternoon. The cat became an instant hero when a dog attacked 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo while he played in his front yard on Eagle Vista Drive in Bakersfield and Tara came out and chased the dog away. Jeremy needed stitches for severe bites to his leg and his mother, Erica, also needed medical aid from bites she sustained while protecting her son.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Four-year-old Jeremy sits with his parents Roger and Erica Triantafilo and his cat Tara on May 14. The cat became a hero when a dog attacked Jeremy in his front yard on Eagle Vista Drive in Bakersfield and Tara came out and chased the dog away. Jeremy needed stitches for severe bites to his leg and his mother also needed medical aid from bites she sustained while protecting her son. A video of the incident has gone viral, creating national media attention.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

When news broke that Tara the hero cat was going to throw the ceremonial first pitch at Sam Lynn Ballpark Tuesday night, many people became concerned about her safety.

Tara -- the Triantafilo family cat that ninja-body-slammed a dog after he attacked preschooler Jeremy Triantafilo -- will make her baseball game debut before the Bakersfield Blaze take on Lancaster Tuesday.

"Cats are temperamental but Tara is very super outgoing," said Courtney Clerico, a volunteer for The Cat People.

The Cat People is a local all-volunteer organization that rescues cats citywide and helps reduce the cat overpopulation through spay/neuter programs and managing feral cat colonies.

Clerico said Tara will not be tortured and will be protected from the crowd.

There will be a booth at the game for people to donate animal food or an unused animal toy that will benefit the organization. The donation will get you a buy-one-get-one-free offer.

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

 

 

 

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