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Friday, May 30 2014 01:46 PM

Supes to proclaim Tuesday "Tara 'The Hero Cat' Day"

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Four-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo, and his parents Erica and Roger Triantafilo, are all smiles following Tara the cat's first pitch before the Blaze baseball game at Sam Lynn Ballpark in Bakersfield Tuesday night.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Tara the hero cat took the night off and stayed in the protective arms of Roger Triantafilo as 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo dropped the puck (with help from mom Erica Triantafilo) for the Condors and Alaska playoff game. Alaska's Nick Mazzolini is at left and Condor Joel Broda is on the right.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Because Tara the cat just hasn't received enough attention for her heroics ...

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to proclaim next Tuesday "Tara 'The Hero Cat' Day" in Kern County. It's being requested by District 4 Supervisor David Couch.

Tara's family and -- yay! -- the famous feline herself are expected to be at the 2 p.m. Board of Supervisors session to receive their recognition. The cat may also get a toy for her troubles, we're told.

Tara, as everyone from Bakersfield to Timbuktu well knows, is the mixed-breed cat who raced after, body-blocked and chased to the next property over a Labrador-Chow mix dog who had just bitten and dragged down a driveway 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo of southwest Bakersfield May 13. (The dog was euthanized).

In addition to throwing out a first pitch at a Bakersfield Blaze game and dropping a puck at a Bakersfield Condors playoff match, Tara and Jeremy were recognized by the office of state Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, May 23.

A so-sweet statement on a certificate presented to Jeremy said:

"For your exceptional bravery and courage in the face of dire circumstances, the bond and friendship you share with your cat Tara, as well as your rescue from the scene of a horrific canine attack. We along with the entire nation express our sincerest relief at your rescue and continued recovery. In recognition of your valor and the example for which you have set, we commemorate this event."

An equally cute statement said of Tara:

"For your exceptional dedication to the safety of your family, in specific your heroic feat of bravery and courage in fighting off a horrific canine attack on young Jeremy Triantafilo. Your act of valor serves as an example to American household cats everywhere. It is in this spirit that we commemorate Bakersfield's great feline friend."

And People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is highlighting Tara in a national op-ed encouraging people to adopt a shelter kitty.

"As Tara demonstrates, cats who are loved and treated as members of the family become deeply attached to their human companions -- so much so that some cats have even risked their lives to rescue their families from danger," the op-ed says.

"Animal shelters are overflowing with big-hearted cats like Tara who would love to be someone's loyal companion -- if only they had the chance."

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