VIDEO: Greatest Cat Ever Saves Boy from Dog Attack

updated 05/15/2014 AT 12:00 PM EDT

originally published 05/14/2014 AT 03:55 PM EDT

Stop the cat-presses. The world's greatest cat has been found. Her name is Tara, she lives in Southwest Bakersfield, California, and she's a real American Hero.

Roger Triantafilo uploaded a video to YouTube Wednesday that shows his young son playing in the family driveway before becoming the victim of a – seemingly unprovoked – attack by the neighbors' dog.

The little boy is yanked off his bike by the dog, until Tara comes rocketing out of nowhere, tackles the dog, and runs it off the property.

The boy's mother, Erika, told Bakersfield ABC affiliate KERO 23 that her son needed a few stitches but is otherwise doing fine.

The dog is now under observation.

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