A California family's housecat named "Tara" has become an Internet sensation this week after rushing to the aid of an autistic 4-year-old boy that was being attacked by a dog.

The video, originally posted to YouTube Tuesday night by the boys's father, Roger Triantafilo, has racked up more than 7 million hits. The video was captured captured by security cameras at the family's home and edited by Triantafilo, according to a story in at BakersfieldCalifornian.com.

The family, as well as the cat, have appeared on "Good Morning America," on TMZ, and other national news programs.

The Bakersfield Californian has been following the story closely and has more coverage here,