A hundred years ago, an Englewood, N.J. resident sent a letter to the editor of The New York Times entitled “An Attack on Cats.”
The vitriolic letter asks why cats should be given homes when they are known for killing songbirds, a much worthier species. The writer goes on to say that “cats should be thrown into the Styx” and that “their unearthly wailings from the receding boat would sound like welcoming echoes to the departed spirits from the other shore.”
The diatribe closes by suggesting that men pass some kind of law to “get rid of the cats!”
A video that surfaced Wednesday, May 14, however, shows cats in a much different light.
In the video, a cat named Tara saves a 4-year-old California boy from a vicious dog attack.
The boy, Jeremy Triantafilo, was riding his bicycle in front of his family’s Bakersfield home when the dog, a Labrador-Chow mix, ran up and violently grabbed the boy’s leg, according to The Washington Post.
Tara, the fearless feline, charges the dog and scares it away, saving the boy from further injury and becoming an instant hero.Justine Hofherr can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her @Jhofherr29