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Family Will Not Sue Dog Owners

5/16/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

051614_cat_family_tmz_live_launchupdate_graphic_red_bar12:10 PM PT -- Tara's owners were just on TMZ Live ... and explained why they're not suing their neighbors. They also talked about Jeremy's recovery from the attack.

You gotta see the kid ... he's cute as hell.
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The owners of the dog that mauled the boy who was miraculously saved by his cat have just gotten away with metaphorical murder ... because they'll have to pay next to nothing and they've dodged a lawsuit.

Erica and Roger Triantafilo tell TMZ ... their insurance will cover almost the entire medical bill, so the only thing they want from the dog owners is the deductible -- $155!!!

The attack -- now seen 'round the world -- could have turned into a wrongful death case were it not for the pet cat, Tara, which chased the dog away.  As it stands, the injuries little Jeremy suffered were serious.  And Erica tells us ... she too was bit on the leg as she tried to save her son.

Erica says her family is not looking to punish their neighbors.  In fact, she says they're still friends.

As for the dog ... it will be destroyed.

Bullet dodged.

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1.

Rigby    

They have a strong case if they did want to sue.. The dog didnt have a leash and the owners are held responsible for negligence.

110 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

They should sue

110 days ago
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DiM    

As an animal lover who lives with cats (and people), I do find it very upsetting that the dog cannot be rehabilitated and that it has to die. I understand why although it is still sad. I wonder how well the dog was cared for to go after a person like that? I've seen dogs chase people on bikes, but not do something like that.

110 days ago
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Steve    

Didn't see the dog anywhere near the mom, so how did she get bit in the leg? Looked like the dog ran off unless it came back for more.

110 days ago
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Waka Waka Waka    

They should proclaim today cat tara day. And as a job well done he gets his own 5lb salmon.

110 days ago
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Waka Waka Waka    

This cats gonna get laaaaiiiddddd!!!!

110 days ago
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niles    

Another case of good intentions but bad judgement. in a case like this, you are suing their insurance company, not the neighbors personally. Who knows if the child will have psychological trauma or other issues.

110 days ago
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sevotery    

Whilst I am annoyed at the lack of care the neighbours showed for not restraining their dog, I am glad there is another American family who isn't going to take the cowardly greedy route and sue. Everything in your country is about Lawsuits.

110 days ago
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Doodlebug    

My cat would do that

110 days ago
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Clytemnestra    

Amazing feline response!

110 days ago
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myopinion    

Why did the mother check the child then run away leaving the child on the ground.

110 days ago
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elias    

wtf just happen at the end of the video?? did the mom just took off n leave her kid on the ground?

110 days ago
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Astharteea     

They shouldn't kill the dog :( I know he hurt the boy but the dog doesn't have to die for that....it's a dog. We should start a petition to save the dog.

109 days ago
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renaxo    

well they lose their dog and the insurance covered the surgery and, most importantly, the child is ok. Good ending.

109 days ago
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01void    

They could sue and create a education fund for there son, not for themselves, talk to them Harvey

109 days ago
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