Dog Chased by Hero Cat Euthanized

Tara the Hero Cat's neighbor had to put down a dog that attacked a toddler, before being scared away by the cat.

A Labrador-Chow dog mix who attacked a 4-year-old boy before being chased away by a cat, as seen widely in a viral video, has been euthanized.

The 8-month-old dog, Scrappy, was put down on Saturday at the Animal Care Center in Bakersfield, Calif. His owner released Scrappy to Animal Control the day of the attack on the neighbor, according to Today.com.

The boy’s father shared home security footage on YouTube of the cat thwarting the dog’s attack. Several websites posted it and the original clip now has more than 21 million views.

News outlets pursued the story and the cat, Tara, rose to fame and soon garnered the title Hero Cat. She was invited to throw out the first pitch at a local minor league baseball game and Cat Fancy contacted the cat’s family for a feature in the magazine.

The dog owner’s name has not been released. He requested that the dog be put down, after Scrappy was held in quarantine for 10 days after the attack. Animal activists and others petitioned to spare the dog from euthanasia.

The response has been mixed so far. Representatives from the Animal Care Center have received hate mail, blaming the center for putting down the dog. The dog’s actions were frightening and could have been worse but those who live with pets understand how much a part of families they become, and know that the decision must have been extremely difficult for the dog’s pet parent. Would you have done the same?

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