Caught on Cam: Cat saves boy from dog attack

, Posted: Wed, May 14 2014 at 4:33 PM, Updated: Tue, May 27 2014 at 2:53 PM

Update (5/27 2:45pm) (Today Show) The dog that was captured on the now-viral video attacking a 4-year-old boy was euthanized over the weekend.

Scrappy, an 8-month-old Labrador-chow mix, was euthanized by the Animal Care Center in Bakersfield, Calif., on Saturday. The dog's owner voluntarily surrendered the animal for euthanasia on the day of the incident with the young boy, Bakersfield Animal Care Center executive director Julie Johnson told 

The dog was held in quarantine for 10 days, during which time animal activists and others petitioned to have the animal spared from euthanasia. The owner, whose name has not been released, requested that the dog be put down. 

"We have gotten threats and nasty emails from those thinking it was our decision to put the dog down,'' Johnson said. "That was never the case. We've got 300 dogs we're trying to find homes for who would never bite a soul. In this case, the owner specifically signed over the dog. We went by the owner's wishes." 

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Bakersfield, Calif. -- Roger Triantafilo is very thankful for his cat tonight after it saved his son from being attacked by a neighbor's dog.

Triantafilo's home surveillance cameras caught the whole ordeal on camera and uploaded it to YouTube with the following description.

"My cat defends my son during a vicious dog attack and runs the dog off before he can do additional damage. Thankfully, my son is fine!"

The boy walks away from the incident with some cuts that were sewed up by stitches, which is shown near the end of the video.


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