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. John Galt

    Yes, yes, yes.... we hear the same crap about Pitts being great dogs. That I believe.. BUT when was the last time you heard of a Golden or a Lab killing someone? The problem with Pitts is that they are dangerous and need to be socialized and a large percent of the owners should not own them. Go into ANY shelter in the U.S. and you will see that half of all the dogs in their are pitt mixes because their owners NOT responsible. If we cannot ban the owners then lets ban the breed and make the insurance requirments and liability huge.

    August 14, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Proud Pitty Owner

      You have got to be one of the many ignorant bozos who are still racist as well. My pit is 5 years old, well socialized and better behaved than the majority of children! How dare you imply we should punish an entire breed because PEOPLE are the reason they aren't trained properly. I'd save my pit over a person like yourself without hesitation. If more HUMANS were responsible and if THEY were punished for their faults then perhaps we wouldn't have any dogs losing control. And for the record, not ONE person I know has EVER been bitten by a pitbull but MANY, including myself have been bitten by goldens, labs or german shepherds, how about we ban all dogs and idiots like you all together?

      August 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marine57

      John, you are right on. Your logic is good, and exceptionally reasonable: "When was the last time you heard of a Golden or a Lab killing someone."
      So is Tom Lujan, the neighbor who said: "Pit bulls are dangerous. I wouldn't have one, and I wouldn't want my family around one."
      Note that the lady murdered by her own pit bull had had it since it was a pup. One can't know whether a pit bull has been socialized or not – they strike without warning or provocation.

      August 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scargosun

      if you actually do a little research rather rely on the media, you would find 1. This woman was not actually killed by her dog and 2. Pit bulls are good dogs who are loyal, can be very well trained and would 'turn on their owner. Dogs that DO turn on their owner are usually not pits. They are loyal to a fault. I was in a training class with my well behaved pit mix and a golden retriever who was so aggressive, they were asked to leave the class and go to one for aggressive dogs. That is not an exception either.

      August 14, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      I have noticed that people who come to the defence of these dangerous monsters usually spell the breed as "pitt" instead of the proper name of "pit". Think of why they are called "Pit Bulldogs". It is because of the pit in which they were bred to fight to the death for the enjoyment of a gang of sadists.

      August 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CrossBones

    Time and time again I hear about the family pit gull killing someone in the family. The owners always say they were nice dogs and don't understand why it would have killed. The breed was bred for killing.

    Now hear this, if a pit bull ever kills my child I'll kill the owner of the pit bull !


    August 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • BRod

      You sound like more of a danger than a vicious pit bull! You are choosing to kill – the dog's aggression is just due to inbreeding.

      August 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Actually, they were used as babysitters or "nanny dogs" for a good part of history. The fighting violent part that you see is a recent development of the breed.

      August 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • MotoJB


      August 14, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marine57

      CrossBones – I can not blame you one bit for your feelings or your emotions. But it's better to live by logic than emotion.

      The real solution here is to pass a law that all owners are to be legally held responsible for the damaging actions of their pets. That being the case, people would be a little more careful just what kinds of pets they choose to harbor, and stay away from alligators, pythons, and pit bulls.

      August 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scargosun

      You are amazingly ignorant. Pit bulls were not bred to kill. Get your facts from reliable sources instead of the drama whoring media outlets.

      August 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • responsible dog owner

      Yes, pits are killing machines, born and bred.

      August 15, 2011 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. BRod

    The pit bull breed has been ruined by all the inbreeding. There are good pits out there, but how do you know what you are getting anymore, when you go to adopt or buy one? The inbreeding and irresponsible breeding is too prevalent.

    August 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |

    To summarize the argument of the pit bull lovers, our children's safety depends on each and every pit bull being correctly raised. And, all children must be trained to know how to correctly approach a dog. This is complete madness, obviously, because neither of those two things will ever come close to being accomplished. So people will continue to be mauled and killed, as long as people own these dangerous dogs.

    August 14, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scargosun

      There was a study recently that proved that pits, dobermans, and GSD's were not anymore dangerous than any other dog. I have no kids and my dogs are well trained. I expect that people who should know better, TRAIN their children to act responsibly around my dogs. If they don't, it's not my problem. If you have an idiot parent and or an idiot kid I don't think my dog should be blamed if is scared said kid. My dog, my family. It is not your right to approach my dog without my permission just as I would not approach your kid without permission. Get it?

      August 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |

      That's a faulty argument because you are exposing others to harm, and expecting everyone else to be ready to handle that potential harm safely.

      Believe me, if your dog bites somebody's child, you will end up in court and it's hard to image a judge being sympathetic to your argument ("It's not my problem, because the kid was an idiot.")

      So you'd better have plenty of insurance if you own a pit bull!!

      August 15, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • responsible dog owner

      scargosun – thanks for confirming the mentality of an average pit pusher.

      August 15, 2011 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. ALI

    pit bulls have such a bad rap! they are very sweet dogs, i HAVE 2 ..AND They are the most loving caring wonderful dogs ever!!...My neighbour had a German Shepard who actually killed a cat in the neighbourhood...any dog can SNAP at any second i wish people would stop singlaling out PITTIES.

    August 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ALI

    So if we start banning pit bulls,...whats next??? German Shepard??? Husky??? Bermese Mountain Dogs? Poodles???.....any excuse to ban a dog i guess...Ashley you are 100% right!!!!!

    August 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • responsible dog owner

      nope. Just killer pit bulls.

      August 15, 2011 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. personalpod

    Those crazy Californians and their creativity when it comes to abortion....
    What will they think of next?

    August 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Robert

    This is a bunch of bad reporting and speculation. Because a dog stood over its dead master, the dog is the killer? Could it be she fell off a ladder and hit her head?

    August 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • personalpod

      Good call. I suspect foul play as well. Once they confirm the bite radius to belong to the chihuahua line, the real truth will begin surfacing, but I do not expect a conviction. The Chihuahuas will have an alibi.

      Damn, those Chihuahuas are smart.

      August 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • kdenver

      Fell off a ladder? How exactly would that have resulted in "dozens of bites" to her upper body? Read the whole article before you comment.

      August 14, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • lwest

      Yeah, that's it!! and after that both dogs carried off the ladder from the middle of the living room! I really don't think this one is going to fly.

      August 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Guest

    I agree that its not the dog,its the owner.
    However,too many pitbulls have had the wrong kind of owner,making that stereotype truer and truer

    The only solutions I can offer violate the Declaration of Independence

    August 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 2true

    Just ban all dogs. They're all nasty. I can't imagine having a dog sitting his butt on furniture and carpeting and slobbering all over the place. And to see some people letting their dogs lick their faces and mouths! Uhh! Horrid! Don't they care that their dogs have licked their b@lls and butts?

    August 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • responsible dog owner

      Now there's a constructive comment with a realistic solution..............thanks for wasting everyone's time.

      August 15, 2011 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. LakeErie

    This past year a woman in Cleveland was found dead by her back door on a freezing day with a dog bite on her shoulder & the family Rottweiler standing by her. The authorities had the dog killed almost immediately stating that it had killed the woman. (The family begged them not do so since the dog had always been gentle & devoted to the woman.) Months later the report came out from the woman's autopsy that SHE HAD DIED FROM A STROKE AND THE DOG BITE WOUND INDICATED THAT THE DOG APPARENTLY WAS TRYING TO DRAG HER TOWARD THE HOUSE. However, pits ARE notoriously overbred & bred for fighting. No one should take a pit bull unless it's from a reputable breeder!

    August 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scargosun

      Breeders are the problem, not the solution. No one should be 'buying' dogs when there are thousands being killed in shelters daily. ADOPT a bully dog DO NOT BUY ONE FROM A BREEDER.

      August 14, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • responsible dog owner

      how about leaving it at "no one should take a pit bull"

      August 15, 2011 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jay

    I picked up my dog, and then I put him down.

    The police shot the dog, they did not put it down.

    Stop obfuscation.

    August 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • responsible dog owner

      the police did the right thing.

      August 15, 2011 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. Scargosun

    By the way, this story is a sham. The dog did not attack the woman. She fell off a ladder and the dog was standing over her. I seriously doubt that we will hear the truth though. All involved should be ashamed INCLUDING her husband.

    August 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • JokeJustice

      Can you provide the source(s) for your theory Scargosun?? Where did you get this interesting info?
      I DO find it interesting that they are going to be questioning the husband further–if it was a clear-cut situation, but it's stated that the victim has dog bite trauma all over her...

      August 15, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • responsible dog owner

      complete bull. the dog killed the woman.

      August 15, 2011 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. genewest

    A weapon is a weapon, no matter if it is cold steel or warm and fuzzy.

    August 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scargosun

      A dog is never a weapon. If you think of them as such you should not be allowed to have one or even be near any animal.

      August 14, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sigh - seriously?

    There are hundreds of breeds of dog to choose from, so the question remains... why choose a pit bull? There are COUNTLESS incidents of them attacking owners, strangers and other dogs, they are menacing and bred t be violent. So, why do people choose them over so many other breeds.... It's a statement obviously, a machismo display, to protect a drug business, to intimidate, whatever – it is not because they wanted a cute, friendly family dog – there are way too many better choices out there. Any owner that suffers this kind of tragedy has only themselves to blame, we've all read dozens of these stories and no-one is surprised anymore.

    August 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
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