Home > Lifestyle > How to have healthy pets > News Updated 15 May 2014 Watch family cat save boy from violent dog attack A simple house-cat rescued a 4-year old boy from a savage dog attack, potentially saving his life. 6 Youtube Related If it fits, I sits in it Cats that won't let dogs pass by Dog donates blood to save cat Subscribe to receive health tips daily » Like Health24 on Facebook » Ask CyberVet » Leopard filmed licking a baby impala Mutts entered into the US 2015 World's Ugliest Dog The boy was riding his bicycle outside the front of his own home when he was brutally attacked by an unattended dog.The canine, reported by NBC to be a Labrador/Chow cross-breed, snuck up behind the boy before launching the attack. Latching his teeth into the child's leg, the dog was in the process of dragging the child into the street when the dramatic rescue took place.Read: Cat selfies taking over the internetThe family cat, Tara, sped out of the garden and charged the dog, startling it into letting go of the boy. The cat then proceeded to chase the attacker down the street before returning home.By this time the dogs teeth had already caused deep lacerations in the boy's leg, some as long as an adult's finger. Had the attack gone unnoticed it could well have turned fatal. Last year 30 people were mauled to death by dogs in the US, most of whom were young children or babies.The boy's mother had been watering plants in the garden at the time of the attack she rushed out to help but by that time her feline friend had saved the day. She then called 911 and the boy was taken to hospital and needed 10 stitches for his wounds. Fortunately, the boy looks set to make a full recovery.The entire episode was caught on security cameras, watch the full video below:Source: NBCRead more:Cats sleeping in weird positionsReal-life crazy cat people1 house, 125 cats. Harry Phillips More in Lifestyle Dogs use same parts of brain as humans to process language More: How to have healthy petsNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 6 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.