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. citizen79

    How can anyone possibly try to defend dogs who have been irresponsibly bred and force bred by the worst types of people for decades to be vicious attack animals?
    I have a dog. I volunteer with a shelter for dogs. I love dogs.
    The amount of time and serious training it takes to RESPONSIBLY own something like a pitbull is not in the scope of virtually anyone. Hell, most people don't even put enough work into raising / owning a docile breed of dog.
    I say ban personal / private ownership of pitbulls.
    People need a special license to own animals such as tigers, pumas, bears, etc. What on earth do people think owning a pitbull is any different???

    August 16, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Very well said. Most of the dogs in our Austin shelter are pitbulls. We have too many punks, tuffguys and backyard breeders trying to make a few bucks by selling pit pups and most people find they do not want them when they start to grow up. I am a dog person and have 3 of my own but would never open my home to a pitbull so to stay as far away as possible of being part of the next statistic.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
    • notgregoryklimczak

      That is a very ignorant comment that there should be a ban on ownership of pitbulls and to compare them to tigers, pumas, and bears is ridiculous. Clearly you have absolutely no knowledge of what you speak and have fallen prey to the media over-sensationalism about a breed that was in the early 1900's considered the perfect family pet...Teddy Roosevelt (a true and great American) had several at the White House. My suggestion to you is to go find a pitbull and spend an hour with the most loving, gentle, and loyal animals you will ever meet (humans included). I have a 3 year old pit that is the love of my life. I have spent the time to train her, trust me it wasnt that much, and she is better behaved than any other dog breeds I have encountered. The dog is a refection of the owner. However tragic this event was, I blame the owner and not the animal. Poor owners and poor leadership lead to poor dogs.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Huffer

      Unfortunately I must agree with this comment and that comes with over 42 years of raising big cats. Like people, there are good ones and bad ones and it all depends on how the particual animal" brain is wired and what events transpired as it grew up. A Pit is jsut as dangerous as a mhybrid wolf or any of several other animals some assume they can "train" to express emotions related to humans. Never going to happen no matter how much time and effort you expend. The moment something triggers the response you are going to get hurt. It really is that simple and Iv'e got the scars tom prove it a lesson well learned. You posessit but you will never own it and the responsiblity is yours!

      August 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • TS

      We brought a pit pup home last year, bought from one of those gangsta wannabe guys here near Dallas, the dad and mom were scary looking, but i had read up on the pits and many people had stated they are extremely docile and loving if raised with love, and so i was convinced and brought one home, after about 6 months, while walking outside one day we came to a park and i was talking to my son and the pup was playing around my legs with the leash on, and before i could realize he had wrapped himself tight around my legs, i could not get out of it fast enough, and before i could get the leash untied the pit got very aggressive as he felt cornered and even at 6 months showed what it was capable of, i got so scared for my legs and tried to calm him down, but thankfully he went for the leash instead of my legs, and the way he attacked it took my breath away, it was like a new animal all of a sudden, very powerful and in an instant very dangerous, lashing his head from side to side...making gutteral unearthly sounds.... i quickly looped the leash around myself and backed off while the pit continued snarling and chewing up the nylon leash....at that moment i decided he had to leave, because had this happened when he was full grown, i could have lost my legs or worst my groin or something. Please do not believe these stories of people on youtube and other sites showing pits sleeping with babies, it only happens once, with pits you rarely get a second chance....why risk your kids?

      I feel kids should be taken away from parents who refuse to keep the pit and babies seperate.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hapticz

    a male anything 'un-neutered' is a threat when its gonads/hormones take control of its brain. even humans (you know, those docile fun loving anmals?) have been known to become violent on occasion, so much so to slice, chop, gnaw, chew up on other fun loving humans. these pitbulls are a step backwards in behavior category, relying on primitive brain functions. (not that some humans dont either)

    August 16, 2011 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
    • lk

      Yes! Finally someone noticed the 'UN-NEUTERED' part of the story. Makes a big difference. Too bad the owner was ignorant and irresponsible in wanting to keep an intact male dog around. Maybe wanted to breed it? Or, just not disgrace it? Perhaps he just liked the leg-lifting and urine marking?

      September 10, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. roneida

    They are killers and must be removed from society one way or another. THeir record is atrocious and there is no need for animals like them. I am a loving owner of my 4th Samoyed and I have never heard of them biting anyone so I love dogs. THat is why I despise pit bulls and the fools that own them and insist they are safe.

    August 16, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
    • FJB

      That is one of the most ignorant statements I have heard regarding pit bulls. Maybe you should check out this website on dog temperament. The Staffordshire Terrier (pit bull) scored better than your Samoyed. Pit bulls can be great dogs. They can also be bad dogs. It is prejudice and ignorance founded in fear that statements like that are made from. I am no fool and I own 2 pit bulls.
      http://atts.org/breed-statistics/statistics-page7/

      August 16, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Whys Alives

      I couldn't agree more. The whole, 'pitbulls don't kill people, bad owners kill people' argument is moot. People can't be trusted with these dogs, which were intentionally selectively bread to kill. They are inherently dangerous and it is so sad the stupid among us insists they are cute and would never hurt anyone. People are so F'n stupid and it's almost always small children that pay the price. Don't allow breeding of pitbulls. Don't allow their sale. Insist they all be sterilized. And the next time a stupid owner lets their pitbull kill somebody, shoot the owner too.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • TS

      FJB its not about temperament, its about capability and unpredictability. A chiuahua can have the worst temperament, but can it do any serious harm? a small dog can be angry 99% of the time and still wont cause any serious hamr, the pit has to be angry only once, and can kill.

      Can you see the difference?

      August 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. loveabull

    These comments are outrageous on both sides. American Pitbull Terriers are NOT the dog for everyone plain and simple, but the does not mean they are a bad breed of dog. APBT's have a much higher passing rate on temperament tests than most dogs do. It is a proven scientific fact that they DO NOT have locking jaws and have a lower bite pressure that other dogs such as a rottweiler. One problem here is that this breed of dog is over represented compared to other breeds of dogs. Obviously if you have say 10,000 dogs of one breed and 100 of another the larger represented group will have more bites reported. Another big problem is the media and misidentifying dogs. Tragic bites do happen with other breeds, but the media does not always report those incidents. Why would they? They want headlines and an uproar from everyone. Also half the time when a dog is called a pitbull it is either a mix or not a pitbull at all. Don't get me wrong I think stronger requirements need to be in place such as mandatory spaying/neutering etc., but banning or eliminating a breed is not the answer. Especially to responsible owners lie myself that do the right thing. Those people who are irresponsible will be irresponsible with another breed of dog and q few years from now we will hear the same story with a GSD, Rottweiler, Great Dane, or Doberman.

    August 16, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. loveabull

    Here are just a few links to attacks/maulings by other "friendly breeds". Bet CNN didn't report most of these.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_18277549?nclick_check=1

    http://www.herald-dispatch.com/homepage/x607060899

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1025197/Seven-year-old-boy-rescued-hunting-dog-attack-hero-dad.html

    http://www.wane.com/Global/story.asp?S=8497320&nav=0RYb

    http://www.nj.com/starledger/stories/index.ssf?/base/news-11/122093492596820.xml&coll=1

    http://orange.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/General/top-dog-for-city-attacks/1357316.aspx

    http://www.twincities.com/ci_11936545

    http://www.tmz.com/#ixzz0gxq4i8eT

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/12/16/2010-12-16_2_huskies_maul_and_kill_mans_reindeer_pets_used_to_bring_cheer_to_holiday_cheer_.html

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/04/11/2011-04-11_6yearold_boy_hailed_as_hero_after_being_mauled_by_dog_while_shielding_4yearold_b.html

    August 16, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • MLRS

      Sure, nice anecdotes you have there. There are more Labrador retriever attacks on people every year than pitbull attacks. News flash: there are loads more retrievers (the statistic I saw states eight labs for every amstaff).

      The main statistic that you idiots in the pitbull community always sweep under the rug are the percentage of pitbull attacks that result in fatalities versus attacks by other breeds.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bronwyn Bryn

    I'm a dog person, therapy dogs, dog training, show dogs......etc....NO BREED of DOG SHould be bred for Protection! Pit Bull breeders need to be STOPPED once and For ALL!!! There are a ton of Pit bulls that are sweet and gentle that need homes. Why did this family not spay their dog? Why did they not get him trained. As far as I'm concerned those who play with fire and are irresponsible and "cruel" to their animals, get what they deserve.

    August 16, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jillian Galloway

    Pitbulls are an unstable breed. They should NOT be legal!!

    August 16, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Joyce Pfoh

      Your ignorance is showing. They are not unstable. Do some research on the Nanny dog! Stupidity like you are showing shouldn't be legal either.

      August 16, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • MLRS

      Thankfully we're managed to get legislation passed in certain venues to ban the breed. We'll continue to work to do so in other areas.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joyce Pfoh

    CNN is being very irresponsible with this article. SHE FELL OFF THE LADDER! The dog did not!!! kill her!

    August 16, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Roadstar

      What evidence do you have that she fell of a ladder? Why would she be standing on a ladder in her living room? Why would a dog bite her after she fell off?

      August 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • pattysboi

      She did NOT "fall off a ladder". Please re-read the article. She died because of numerous bites from the pit bull.

      August 16, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. T.B.

    All pit bulls should be destroyed. They are too unpredictable. I have seen it. Our neighbors pit bull which no one would have thought would attack, just about severed a little girls arm in an unprovoked attack. This dog was raised from a pup and was as friendly as can be.

    August 16, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jim

    There are 2 problems with pit bulls. The first is that for too many generations they have been intentionally bred for aggressiveness and it is next to impossible to know a dogs full bloodline. The second is that too many owners have no idea how to properly train a dog, let alone a breed such as a pit bull.

    Sadly today's pit bull is not the same one that was valued as a companion and protector of the family.

    August 16, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. Whys Alives

    For those who need to know. If a neighbor's dog eats poison while trespassing on your property, it's not your fault and you aren't responsible. If you have an unreasonable neighbor who doesn't appreciate other people's safety and well being and refuses to leash their pitbull or put it behind a tall enough fence (happens a lot in these parts), then you should share with them this information. Just say'n.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jayhawker

      Or rather than poison it, why don't you just pull your head out of your @$$ and call animal control? At least then, if it does end up being put down, it is done so humanely...

      August 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lynda

    Let's wait and see what the vet's examination shows. Maybe the dog had a brain tumor or other problem that caused him to be more aggressive. It can happen to any breed. There are attacks on people by many breeds, it's not about the breed, it's about the dog, its genetics as far as temperament, and its environment.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whys Alives

      Huh? It's not about the breed? Not much difference between a lion a house cat either I suppose. It's all about temperament and environment. We should all be allowed to own inherently dangerous breeds, because it's not about the breed. 😛

      August 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      @Whys Alives, Cats and lions are different species, not just different breeds, it is the same as comparing a horse to goat. We are all allowed to own inherently dangerous creatures, as most all dogs are inherently dangerous, and on top of that most anyone can apply for a big cat license or "other" anyways. And if you are going to assert that we should not be allowed to own things that are inherently dangerous then we should ban some 3/4s of the stuff that is currently legal: Alcohol, guns, cats, reptiles, microwaves, knives, cars, all other dogs, smoking, beaches, etc. There is inherent danger in most everything, it just depends on the indivduals risk assesment. This story is incomplete, the dog is not proven to have killed her, it is looking like she fell off a ladder. Dogs initiate responses differently than humans, when a dog wants to play with another dog, does it go up and ask the dog and wait for a response? no it bites the dog in question and sees how it responds, and the bites get more aggresive until a response is illicited. The dog very well could have been trying to illicit a response. IN OTHER WORDS IT IS NOT ABOUT THE BREED!

      August 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. arco

    Something tells me that if poodles were the preferred breed of poor people and gang bangers, then they would be the breed with the highest incidence of attacks on humans instead.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cornelia Throp

    Loveabull: Actually, all of the articles that you cited are about dogs attacking strangers, neighbors, or in one case, a very small baby and in the last case, reindeer. MANY dogs are highly territorial and will attack someone who is not part of "the family". It's also very common for dogs to attack babies when they are brought home (the dogs may be jealous or trying to assert pack dominance over the baby– a lot of literature warns new parents not to give the family dog access to the baby). As for the reindeer...... it's outlandishly common for dogs to go after livestock if the owners are too irresponsible to confine them. The problem with pitbull attacks is that they often seem to be against their owners, the children of their owners (not just small babies), and other people who the dogs know from prior experience. I'm not claiming to know the statistics, but I have heard of a disturbing number of VERY similar incidents that don't show the same behavior patterns as "normal" aggressive dog behavior. Anyone should know and teach their children to know that a dog may attack someone who comes into its yard (the dog should still be put down if it tends to bite people). Likewise with letting dogs around livestock and letting a dog off of its property to harrass strangers– the people in charge should have known better. On the other hand, no one would expect the "family dog" to attack a family member. Pit bulls randomly seem to do just that.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • amurph

      Alot of those reports are incorrect as any dog even slightly resembling a pit gets classified as such. Seems to be the thing to do. I had a friend whos boxer was shot by the cops. In the paper his dog turned into a pit bull.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. amurph

    The problem is that some people should not own dogs period. There are too many people out there that let their dogs get away with behavior that leads up to this kind of thing. Its not much of an issue when a miniature poodle attacks someone but when an animal capable of killing a grown man does it then there is an issue. People need to understand the signs of a dog attempting to take over leadership of the family. My guess would be that there were signs before but no one understood them or worse brushed them aside. Your typical pit is much more stable than other dog breeds but there are so many backyard breeders that dont understand how to distinguish between good dogs and bad ones. I love pits but would not mind there being a special license or training required to own one or any other dog capable of inflicting that much damage..

    August 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
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