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Family Cat – A Boy’s Best Friend….and Lifesaver

Dogs can be unpredictable, even family pets. When a dog shows aggression and bites, small children are the most common victims. Parents should educate their children about proper behavior around dogs, unless a cat is your best friend.

Home security video footage captured by several security cameras shows how a Bakersfield, CA boy was rescued from a dog attack by the family’s feline. The four-year-old was riding his bike when the neighbor’s dog sneaked up behind him pulling the child off the bike. As the dog began to drag the boy, his seemed to come out of nowhere, tackle the dog, and chase it away.

Video of Attack

All joking aside, this boy was very lucky that his cat turned into a lion that day. According to the American Humane Society, every year more than 4.5 million Americans, more than half of them children, are bitten by dogs. As part of the National Dog Bite Prevention Week® (May 18-24, 2014) Coalition, American Humane Association encourages adults to teach children how to avoid dog bites and learn the importance of pet owner responsibility. To reduce the number of injuries to people and the risk of relinquishment of dogs that bite, American Humane Association offers the following suggestions:

For Children:
•Never approach an unknown dog or a dog that is alone without an owner, and always ask for permission before petting the dog.
•Never approach an injured animal – find an adult who can get the help s/he needs •Never approach a dog that is eating, sleeping or nursing puppies.
•Don’t tease or taunt – poke, hit, pull, pinch a dog.
•If a dog threatens you, try to remain calm and back away slowly. Avoid eye contact with an aggressive dog.
•If a dog tries to bite you, put a barrier (a board, purse or whatever is available) between you and the dog and back away slowly.

For Dog Owners:
•Never leave a baby of small child alone with a dog, even if it is a family pet.
•Interactions between children and dogs should always be monitored to ensure the safety of both your child and your dog.
•Teach your children to treat the dog with respect and not to engage in rough or aggressive play.
•Make sure your pet is socialized as a young puppy so it feels at ease around people and other animals.
•Never put your dog in a position where s/he feels threatened.
•Keep your dog properly confined to your property. Use a leash in public to ensure you are able to control your dog.
•Regular veterinary care is essential to maintain your dog’s health; a sick or injured dog is more likely to bite.
•Be alert, if someone approaches you and your dog – caution them to wait before petting the dog, give your pet time to be comfortable with a stranger.
•Maintain your dog’s current license and rabies vaccination.

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