August 12th, 2011
11:57 AM ET

Police 'put that dog down' after it kills pregnant California woman

Greg Napora of Pacifica, California, came home to a nightmare Thursday: His pregnant, lifeless wife lying on the ground, her face and torso injured from dozens of bites and one of the family pit bulls standing over her, according to CNN affiliates.

Though police say Darla Napora, 32, was pregnant, it's unclear how far along she was. Authorities responded to the suburban San Francisco home after receiving a call from the husband.

"When they arrived, they found the victim laying in her own front living room. She was not breathing, unresponsive and had major trauma to her upper body," Pacifica Police Capt. Dave Bertini told CNN affiliate KGO. "The husband stated that when he got home, at about noon, he found his wife with their pit bull hovering over her."

Kathy Carlson, 63, lives across the street from the white, single-story home where the attack occurred. She told the San Francisco Chronicle that Greg Napora was outside and visibly distraught when police arrived.

"He was in the driveway all frantic, yelling," Carlson told the paper. "He had blood on his hands, blood on his shirt and blood down his pants."

According to CNN affiliate KTVU, first responders tried to administer CPR to Darla Napora when the blood-covered 2-year-old male dog charged them. They shot the animal.

"The last thing we wanted to happen was for the dog to get out and start attacking bystanders or be loose in the neighborhood," Bertini told KGO. "So as soon as the dog got out of the backyard, the decision was immediately made to put that dog down, and that's why the dog was shot three times by two officers on scene."

The couple had had the dog since it was a pup. The Naporas owned another pit bull, a spayed 6-year-old, which is not believed to have been involved in the attack, police said. As a precaution, it was taken to Peninsula Humane Society for an examination.

Though San Francisco has a law that requires city residents to spay or neuter their pit bulls, Pacifica has no similar law, according to the Chronicle. The 2-year-old dog that mauled Darla Napora had not been neutered, police told local media.

Neighbors told the two television stations that the dogs appeared normal and well behaved in the past. A next-door neighbor told KTVU that the dogs would bark at each other, but when Darla Napora called them, they'd back down. They responded well to her, the neighbor said.

Another neighbor, Tom Lujan, told the station he thinks pit bulls are dangerous.

“I wouldn't have one, and I wouldn't want my family around one,” he said.

There have been no problems reported at the Napora household and no reason to expect the dog to attack someone, police said. Police said there were no prior problems at the Napora household, and no reason to expect the dog would attack.

An autopsy for Darla Napora and a necropsy for the pit bull are slated for Friday.

"Eventually we're going to find out if there's anything physically or medically wrong with the dog that may have caused this attack," Bertini told KGO. "We have already done an extensive interview with the husband, and there are follow up questions that we may ask in the future."

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  1. Cadrolls

    There was one just like this one found in a lake in Terryville, Connecticut recently.

    August 13, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Craig

    People are afraid of what they know nothing about. Hang in there pit owners! There are years of background to this story that we don't have here, and will of course never be read in a follow up story. Bad kids rarely come from bad households, same goes for dogs, regardless of the breed.

    Afraid of pit bulls? Go to your local shelter this weekend and be shocked at how fast your opinion changes.

    August 13, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • amanda

      bad kids rarely come from bad households? is that why we have inner city problems?

      August 13, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Juan

    Don't blame the dog please...

    August 13, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Stephen Hughes

    Darwin bites back.

    August 13, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. suri

    wat triggered the pitbull to attack her after so long years? dog psychologists should have a guess

    August 13, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Craig

    Two less people and a dog stealing my air. And hopefully one more when the husband offs himself. I wish more people had pits lol!

    August 13, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      You are heartless sicko of epic proportion.

      August 13, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jason

    I agree Craig. The over population of the US is out of hand. And I wonder if life insurance will pay out for two people -- if my wife ever gets eaten "by the dog" I will say she was pregnant with twins. Maybe she was playing hide the peanut butter and let the dog find it. I tots to watch some animal p@rn now!!!!

    August 13, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      You need to get your head examined. You are a threat to society with your mental instability.

      August 13, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Skippy

    Pregnant women are the best- you don't have to wear a condom cause their already pregnant. I second the peanut butter observation- my dog perfers nutella though .... mmmmmm

    August 13, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. Your mom

    You guys are sick! This dog was obviously just doing his job- that baby was killing the mother from the inside and was maybe even the anti Christ. He just f$@king saved the world and got shot three times like 2Pac. What a sad day for all mankind. 8-12 never forget

    August 13, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • MasonthegreatGreatDane

      Go to bed before I tell "your mom" you are still up.

      August 13, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Buckwheat

      8-12 Neverforget. What the he'll happened 9-11 that we wernt supposed to forget??

      August 13, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sweet&Tender_Hooligan

    I see a lot of people commenting on the statistics of attacks and maulings and the breed's reputation, but I'm betting many of you probably haven't been around a pit bull, eh? It's correct about both the statistics and the reputation, but the reason behind both is linked to this breed's perception. We all hear about attacks and maulings in the news and it forms our perception of the breed, much like where the world as we hear it, by word of mouth, forms our opinion of things – it's corruption. We all need to think more abstractly and not let hearsay color our view. Some who have no business owning any pets are able to get their grubby hands on breeds with aggressive natures very easily, such as pit bulls, rottweilers, boxers, and even german shepards and dalmations. There are many breeds with aggressive traits, but not every owner can handle it, some owners are too passive and others too aggressive when confronted with a dog's aggressive behavior. People need to research breeds' character traits before they decide which to buy; some need grooming daily, others don't shed; some need little to no exercise, others need two hours of exercise daily; some are fiercely loyal and protective, others will turn tail and run if an intruder breaks in and assaults you. I digress. As concerns the link between the stats and the reputation, some people buy pits specifically because they want an aggressive dog, whether for a guard dog or for a fighting one – just ask Michael Vick what they do to those dogs. As we all know, pits have a bad rap, but many expressly take advantage of it, this is the link we see between the breed's rep and the statistics on attacks. They have aggressive traits, but they're not all violent, provided they have the right owner, and not everyone fits the bill. We need to stop the breeding mills, and maybe try to regulate ownership of certain breeds with a license or permit for ownership as well as a required training course. We need to change the perception of this breed, instead of vilifying it.

    August 13, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • responsible dog owner

      yes, changing the perception would definitely have saved her life......if she had been able to perceive she was living with her future killer, her pit bull.

      August 15, 2011 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Killa from Manilla

    I don't know about you but I'm going to th local animal shelter and feeding all the dogs chocolate covered rat poison – starting with the pits. I live in Hawaii so I might hook some local line up too – pinnapple pickers

    August 13, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Jayricho

      You're such a little fasciste. I hope you drop dead and die for being so dumb.

      August 13, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. anonymous

    First off "Pit Bull" is not a breed, it is a name people call dogs who look a certain way, wheter it be a stocky body, big head, cropped ears, or a brindle coat. Many breeds fall into the "Pit Bull" category including American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and American Bullies. In that case do they have proof that this is what breed this dog was? Was it registered as an APBT or does it just look like one? Dogs involved in attacks are often reported as "Pit Bulls" when in fact they are not. 20+ breeds are misidentified as being "Pit Bulls". American Bulldogs, Boxers, Dogo Argentinos, Presa Canarios, and many other breeds and mixed breed dogs can look like a "Pit Bull". Obviously the media plays a huge role in ruining this breeds reputation, because "Pit Bull Attack" or "Pit Bull Mauling" would be more likely to be read etc. then "American Bulldog mix attack", or "Labrador mauling". Unfortunately APBT's and similar breeds suffer due to ignorance about the breed. They are definitely not the breed for everyone but can be good pets when treated and respected for what they are. These dogs are strong and intelligent and require an experienced owner. These dogs used to be American heroes and are now being treated like some kind of monster. If a person of a certain race commits a crime does that make the whole race bad? Each dog is an individual and should be treated as such. These dogs were originally bred to be friendly to humans and if a dogfighter had a human aggressive dog it would be culled because it could not be handled in the pit. However they are not to be trusted alone with other dogs because they are known to be dog aggressive, although it is possible they can be around other dogs if socialized and supervised. Many people mistake dog aggression and human aggression to be related, and actually it is not. Just because a dog attacked the neighbors poodle it does not mean it is going to eat your child. After all this breed has done for us (war dogs, therapy dogs, service dogs, etc.) look what we are doing to them. Helen Keller had a Pit Bull and so did Teddy Roosevelt just to name a couple. It used to be the German Shepherd, then the Doberman, and ther Rottweiler. When all the "Pit Bull" type dogs are gone which breed will be next?

    August 13, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • listen

      couldn't agree more.

      August 13, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • responsible dog owner

      yes, and all of those dogs are dangerous, inappropriate as pets, potential killers. Many places and organizations have already banned them, and thankfully this trend will continue, thanks to the endless killings and maulings by pit bull type dogs.

      August 15, 2011 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. Brotherwolf

    Bitbull avicionados say it's the owner not the breed-that's a bunch of BS, it's the breed. And this story supports this.

    August 13, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tim Henson

    It's the owners fault not the pitbull is what all you dumb idiots say. I hope all the pitbulls unite and kill all their owners and their fetuses

    August 13, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • fo shizzle

      pit bull murders are the only cases wherein the victim is always at fault. i rent in one of the most educated neighborhoods in texas. i never see pit bulls in my neighborhood. i guess ignorant people just want to wipe themselves out.

      August 13, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. Lol

    She does lk like a chew toy! I mean my wife ain't allowed to cut her hair like a man. Or she gets the pibull treatment LOL

    August 13, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
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