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Tough tabby! Hero cat saves boy, is honored with 'Hero Dog' award

One cute cat has just been named top dog!

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Hero cat honored – with hero dog award – for saving boy

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Tabby Tara made headlines last year when she saved the day (and possibly a life) by charging a dog that was attacking her owner's 4-year-old son. And she didn't stop when the dog let go. Tara chased it all the way out of the yard.

To celebrate the four-legged act of heroism, the Los Angeles SPCA decided to bestow their highest honor on Tara, giving her their 33rd Annual Hero Dog Award.

Yes, the title usually goes to a canine, but the organization made an exception in this case — and a slight alteration to the trophy: "Dog" was scratched out and the word "cat" is etched into the glass just above it.

“We were so impressed by Tara’s bravery and fast action that the selection committee decided that a cat this spectacular should be the National Hero Dog,” SPCALA president Madeline Bernstein said.

Tara's award marks the first time a cat has received the honor, and she got more than just a trophy and kitty bragging rights. The cat won a year's supply of food from Purina, too.

She's sure to enjoy the haul, but we think Tara will stay focused on what's really important to her.

Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me. #herocatquote #herocat #heroquote #bestfriend

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I love kisses! #herocat #ilovemyboy

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Who needs a body guard? #onguard #igotthis #alwaysonduty

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