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. Dog Owner

    http://www.examiner.com/dogs-in-national/what-dog-topped-the-bite-list-omaha-2010

    August 13, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joanne FM

    There is actually a PIT BULL BREEDER on this dialogue who claims that the following case involved two neutered dogs which i guess is his way for pretending that HIS dogs don't need to be neutered because he is such a responsible guy..
    Pits can be great dogs..If they are raised well and yes there really are dogs bred for fighting with agressive tendancies. The dogs that killed this other lady were red nose pits..two males. The other lady who was killed who supposedly was good to her dogs KEPT THEM OUTDOORS, only slept with them for safety when her husband was out of town and lived where she had a gun on site to shoot the dogs (an 18 year old kid, by the way, shot the gun, her son also shot at the dogs)says the paper.. "A family friend at the home at the time shot at the dogs with a 9mm handgun, but the dogs were still alive and one of them lunged at an arriving deputy before it was shot and killed.
    The other dog got loose. The sheriff's office issued a dangerous dog alert while Clay County animal control officers and sheriff's deputies tracked down and the second dog. It was found in a wooded area about two hours later, shot and killed.
    "It is a tragic and horrific situation that brings to light the danger of these type of animals," Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said. "These dogs had never bitten a human before, but they did today - they did turn on their owner."

    August 13, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Eric

    its been my experience that small breeds (ankle biters) attack much more often than larger breeds do. It just seems that people are far less likely to report an attack from a palmeranian. And of course the media dosent see these attacks as news. I've never owned a pit but every one I've been around was well behaved. I've only ever been bitten by a large breed once and it was a german shepard, does this mean we should have a ban on them or worse destroy these animals? Of course not! My grandmother had a chihuahua that would attack anyone if they tried to walk out the front door and I've heard of many others that bite but you never hear of a ban on them. Yes big dogs do more damage but they are stronger animals, more agressive? I don't think so if an animal is mistreated then of course they will attack. What people are forgetting house pets are still animals and need to be treated as such! My condolences to the family

    August 13, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Josie

      I fully agree...as the owner of a rescued 2 year old Pit I hate to see such negative light on such a loyal breed. Brooks is very well behaved and the most personable animal I've met because she is very intelligent and we have worked with her obsessively! If you check the statistics there is no arguement. I appreciate your open-mindedness!

      August 13, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • formica56

      What's a "palmeranian"?

      August 13, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. christina

    whoever says all pit bulls should be put down should be ashamed of them selfs for saying that i mean dogs are dogs not all pitbulls are the same every dog is different they are dogs and if you humanize them any dog is bound to get frustrated and attack i was raised around a chow chow a dobermen and a german shepard and recently a pitbull mix i have never been bitten and he is neuterd i also own a lab mix and a chiuahua mix they are all fixed if the pit mix bites he just bites the lip other wise hes a good dog if anyone hurts him or any of my pets they will pay.

    August 13, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Frida

      (Pls use spell check or a dictionary.) I am quite certain all pit bull owners think their dogs are never going to hurt anyone. Yet, still, this poor woman is dead. Guess she thought wrong...

      August 13, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. NoBodyKnows

    Dogs will be dogs, no matter the breed. I had a pit bull mix for many years (she died of old age) along with several chihuahua mixes. My little dogs to this day don't like & will snap @ children, my pit on the other hand loved kids. Where I would never allow children around children around my small dogs for their (the kids) own safety, I had no problem leaving my pit with them. Go figure!

    August 13, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
    • responsible dog owner

      that is truly frightening.

      August 15, 2011 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pitbull

    3 shots, that's it? They should of skinned the dog then pored salt on him . Damn I'm Hungary !

    August 13, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Oyster

    Ah you silly sillies, when a pit bull decides to knaw your face off it's clearly your fault. Pet his face GENTLY while he's knawing and then send that pit bull to the best physio-therapist money can buy (because of his hurt teeth). Insensitive jerks.

    August 13, 2011 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. katonya waddle

    I am srry for wat happen too ur family. I wish that people who love dogs shouldn't het those kind of dogs. But all dogs will bite or attack people and should be careful of a dog wat they had for years. I am jus saying that dogs is going too be dogs and that iz that.

    August 13, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. amanda

    dogs are dogs. these breeds are not natural phenomena but the product of human engineering.

    so why can't pit bull owners just go on to own an english bulldog or some other dog that doesn't kill when it bites? why can't we just require all pit bulls be spayed and neutered and 30 years down the road, no more pit bulls?

    August 13, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. um-duh

    my what big teeth you have...

    August 13, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joe

    This is a sad story. One thing that is not understood that well is the reactions of a dog to its pregnant owner. Many changes are happening with the woman, one of which is her hormones which will cause her to have a different scent. The change in scent can stress the dog to a point of aggression. Proper training of the dog can help minimize this stress greatly. I'm a firm believer of proper training...I recently acquired a dog from a friend who 'said' she was potty trained but did not obey in any way...she would jump on people and if you left the door open, she was gone. 10 days later, she is potty trained, well behaved and will sit at the door until she is told she can go out. ANY dog can be trained, you just have to try.

    August 13, 2011 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
    • responsible dog owner

      ....so with "proper training", pit bulls have a fighting chance of not turning on their owners and killing them.

      August 15, 2011 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. t

    Most dogs were engineered for a specific purpose. Originally pit bulls were breed to take down wild boars. Recently they have been turned into fighting dogs. All dogs bite and it is very true ankle bitters are actually more prone to bite. Its just not as big of a story. The statistics are out there people are killed all the time by dogs but the news station s can't make as much money off a story about a black lab killing its owner.

    August 13, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
    • responsible dog owner

      Actually, by the same logic, a black lab killing its owner would be a much bigger story, as it would be so out of the ordinary and unusual.

      August 15, 2011 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Wake Up

    Pit bulls are not family dogs. They've been bred to kill. If you can't recognize this then you're in denial.

    August 13, 2011 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
    • HellCat AllieCat

      Tell that to the pit mix on my husband's lap every night. The one that sleeps with my cats and foster kittens. That abused children about 6 and 8 love on. Wow, you have no knowledge or understanding of my furry four-legged child! Or those that other families love...

      August 13, 2011 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
    • responsible dog owner

      hellcat loves hell dogs....

      August 15, 2011 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. Timo

    What a sad story.

    For me the answer to the pit bull question is obvious. Pit bulls should be regulated in the same way that firearms are. 1.) They should be registered. 2.) Owners should pass a test showing that they know how to be a responsible owner. 3.) Felons should not be in possession of one.

    In addition, unless you are a licensed breeder your pit bull needs to be neutered as almost all fatal pit bull attacks have been by unneutered males.

    We do not make a big deal about people owning BB guns or Pellet guns even though someone could shoot you with one. We get more excited about people owning 9mm and 45cal, etc. because they are more dangerous if you get shot with one. The same argument can be made for pit bulls.

    August 13, 2011 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. HellCat AllieCat

    Oh Docdoxiedog, Austin, Tyler, JClarke, Lisa, Lolamo, MikeB, Sam, PatBostwick, Leah, and Sjane: may whoever you believe or not believe in judge you as harshly as you choose to do against others with so little knowledge of them. What goes around comes around...

    August 13, 2011 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
    • responsible dog owner

      kinda psycho-creepy-stalkerish, no?

      August 15, 2011 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
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