It all happened in just a few seconds. At one moment, the boy was on his bicycle in the driveway, and the next he’s been attacked and dragged by a neighbor’s dog.

Normally this would be a mother’s worst nightmare, but for one California mom, an unlikely hero came the aid of her son: Tara, the family cat.

“My cat saved my son,” Roger Triantafilo, father of the son attacked, explained on his YouTube page.

Watch the embedded video for the security footage as the events unfolded.

The child was not seriously hurt in the accident. requiring just a few stitches. Since the video went viral earlier this week, Tara has quickly become an Internet hero.