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Vicious Dog That Made Hero Cat A Hero Is Euthanized
The dog that attacked 4 year-old Jeremy Triantafilo back on May 14th, only to be shoved away by Tara the Hero Cat , was put down by a Bakersfield animal shelter yesterday. The dog, an 8 month-old lab/chow mix named Scrappy, was being held for the requisite 10 days after the attack.
According to people at the Bakersfield animal shelter where Scrappy was held, he continued to exhibit aggressive behavior during his stay, and even tried to bite employees according to TMZ .
Jeremy's mom Erica told the TODAY Show after the attack that "The animal can be rehabilitated by the family possibly but from what I understand, that’s a long and difficult procedure to get the dog back in their (the owner's) custody. Otherwise it will be put to sleep, unfortunately."
For Scrappy, he met the latter fate.
Meanwhile, Tara the Hero Cat lives on in eternal fame and glory, throwing out first pitches at minor league baseball games and being immortalized on water bottles and gym bags available for purchase .
Hero Cat Who Saved Child From 'Mean Dog' Grants Interview To Local TV Station
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.