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. Andrew

    I knew this was about a pitbull before I even started reading it.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesuitson

      This was NOT a Pit Bull attack. Once again the media gets it wrong and the gullible public demands the further killing of one of the most gentle and loving breeds.

      http://www.examiner.com/american-pit-bull-in-national/pacifica-dog-mauling-what-really-happened-1

      Yet the headlines will continue to say "PIT BULL ATTACK", when yet again this was nothing of the sort.

      August 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jayhawker

      I knew Andrew was ignorant before I even finished reading his comment.

      August 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seola

      That article has a single quote from a neighbor who was not in the home. Many responders and family on the scene noted her other wounds. The writer of that article is also one who spends all her time convincing people that pits are lovable, even the ones who have attacked already (one of her crusades was trying to save a pit who mauled but didn't kill a child). She also has her facts wrong in that the other pit is up for "saving" at a kill shelter when it's there as a precaution and evaluation.

      Two dog bite experts have examined the photos of her wounds, including one who examined her personal who was able to pinpoint which dog did it. Kinda hard to do if she bashed her head on a ladder. I'm sure those raging spikes on a ladder were what did it....

      Are you seriously going to defend against police reports, family comments and experts because of a neighbor who wasn't involved, in the home or involved in any way just to try and take the heat off pits?

      August 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheesh

      ...except that it was a pit bull attack.

      http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/08/16/BAO81KNJEK.DTL

      "A necropsy of the unneutered, 2-year-old male pit bull, Gunner, confirmed that the animal was responsible for the attack, said police Capt. Dave Bertini.
      A veterinarian at the Peninsula Humane Society reviewed hair and tissue samples and blood evidence to reach that conclusion, police said.
      An examination of the couple's other pit bull, a female named Tazi, confirmed that she was not involved in the attack.
      Teeth impressions were made of Gunner and Tazi, and they were compared with Napora's wounds, Bertini said."

      Sorry, jesuitson, while all pits may not be vicious, this one killed someone.

      August 16, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • LP

      Examiner is an amateur site that anyone off the street can write for. It is NOT an online newspaper or a news outlet of any kind. It was actually banned by Google news for quite a while. Why you would take something on that site over the area newspapers I can't understand. The police reported that it was a pit bull attack. Why would you think you know better than them?

      August 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • queenbee

      All the trouble white women have being fertile then THIS has to happen...does anyone know if this dawg was black?

      August 22, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • in the know

      Well, just because over half of all mauling are done by pit bulls doesn't mean that pit bulls are the problem, lol. We should require the owners of pit bulls to be neutered also,,, eventually the problem would solve itself.

      September 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hoot

    Okay, all of those who are defending the breed: When is the last time we read a story about a German Shepherd, Golden Retriever or Beagle mauling someone? Right. That's what I thought...

    August 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • dontcastthestone

      And for those of you (hoot) judging the breed, here's what actually happened: http://www.examiner.com/american-pit-bull-in-national/pacifica-dog-mauling-what-really-happened-1
      Whoops! Better luck next time!

      August 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      Actually, there are stories all the time of german shepherds and other dogs that attack. And just a month ago, a Golden Retriever/Lab mix that attacked a woman and her small dog, killing the small dog. Stories on pit bulls are always immediately posted and apparently as shown here, not always accurately.

      August 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      All dogs can cause damage – even Pomeranians have mauled & killed children (http://www.igorilla.com/gorilla/animal/2001/pomeranian.html). In England, Golden Retrievers bite more than any other breed. The majority of reported pit bull attacks are not even pit bulls – they're Cane Corsos, Dogos, Presa Canarios, Mastiffs... Anything with short hair and a muscular build is instantly reported as a pit bull.

      August 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      @hoot –

      German Shepherd: http://www.understand-a-bull.com/Articles/OtherBreedBites/2010/July/gsd0710.pdf

      Golden Retriever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdG_Aad5CAM

      Beagle: http://www.understand-a-bull.com/Articles/OtherBreedBites/2009/August/beagle%20dachshund%20mix%200809.pdf

      August 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seola

      AJ from your own source about the Pomeranian – The deputy said Pomeranian attacks are rare. "" "Obviously it doesn't take much to kill a 6-week old baby but it's not something that happens with that breed," Solis said. ""

      That from the news story and lists from a pro-pit site. Real good there.

      August 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seola

      You can keep spamming the examiner link all you want... see my response above. It was never true and wasn't even close to the truth even in the initial stages of the investigations.

      This is the problem – when people demonize pits, the counters aren't with sciences – they are with outright lying stories, stories that defend the other dogs they are trying to demonize (ironically), and "specialists" some of which I've seen their expertise extend to "working at PetSmart for 4 years" as their experience in some cases. Defend the breed with facts. People keep jumping the shark about Pits because there are so many people like these above that have to link to lies about attacks and defenses of those they are trying to hurt, that the truth gets lost when we all see through the BS.

      August 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pit Idiot Nation

      Yes, let's all believe a link to an article that doesn't even have the guts to display an author. Written by sub 80 IQ Pit Bull lovers that had no access to the scene. I believe it! God help us all.

      August 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheesh

      I don't know what that "Examiner" link is, but it isn't the truth.

      http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/08/16/BAO81KNJEK.DTL

      "A necropsy of the unneutered, 2-year-old male pit bull, Gunner, confirmed that the animal was responsible for the attack, said police Capt. Dave Bertini.
      A veterinarian at the Peninsula Humane Society reviewed hair and tissue samples and blood evidence to reach that conclusion, police said.
      An examination of the couple's other pit bull, a female named Tazi, confirmed that she was not involved in the attack.
      Teeth impressions were made of Gunner and Tazi, and they were compared with Napora's wounds, Bertini said."

      August 16, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • LP

      Examiner link is likely being spammed by the writer. They get paid by page views- more views equals more money. And most of the "writers" there are utter idiots.

      August 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • collins61

      Pit bulls make sensational reading. The breeds you mention are quite capable of attacking, mauling or killing a person. Most, if not all, go unreported by the media. And nitwits like you think because you don't read it it must not happen. Outrageous logic there Einstein.

      August 24, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dolpine bay

    A pit is one breed that can go extinct IMO. Get it? Breed. Not species. A human created "breed"

    August 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • collins61

      Not happening. And if it did, there are literally scores of other rare breeds that you can obtain if having that type of dog is your goal. Breed specific laws will not help.

      August 24, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. NotAllReportedIsTrue

    This report is not complete and whether that is intentional or not who knows. Further research states the lady fell off a ladder and hit her head and the dog was trying to elicit a response from her. The husband put the dog away and the dog frantically wanted to be near his female owner and broke out to be with her. He didn't charge the police officers. Everyone is so quick to judge a dog.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • foxlies

      wow! you should work for the FOX news spin dept.... they would love you.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • dontcastthestone

      foxlies – did you know that gullible is not in the dictionary? Idiot.
      http://www.examiner.com/american-pit-bull-in-national/pacifica-dog-mauling-what-really-happened-1

      August 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • geraldine Drewlo

      I totally agree. It is all likely that this happened. I hardly think the dog did this. Animals are loving and kind and adore their masters.

      August 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Peters

      Looks like it was the dog that did it.
      http://www.mercurynews.com​/peninsula/ci_18685702?ncl​ick_check=1

      August 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheesh

      Wow. Such spin. Sorry, but a pit bull killed someone. that may not mean they are all mean, but this one killed someone.

      http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/08/16/BAO81KNJEK.DTL

      "A necropsy of the unneutered, 2-year-old male pit bull, Gunner, confirmed that the animal was responsible for the attack, said police Capt. Dave Bertini.
      A veterinarian at the Peninsula Humane Society reviewed hair and tissue samples and blood evidence to reach that conclusion, police said.
      An examination of the couple's other pit bull, a female named Tazi, confirmed that she was not involved in the attack.
      Teeth impressions were made of Gunner and Tazi, and they were compared with Napora's wounds, Bertini said."

      August 16, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TS

    We should have a national debate and have a referendum, to ban this breed throughout the US. I am all for a ban, and slthough I am an avid dog lover, I just love humans more.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Mulgahue

      how bout we get rid of the owners too?

      August 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Playjojo

      Then people would just go back to attacking Dobermans.

      August 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • collins61

      Then Rotties, shepards, all Masstiffs, Dobies, Caucus Mountain Dogs... until they are all gone? There would still be plenty of other rare breeds to ruin your day. This doesn't fall under the heading of "Lets do what TS says!

      August 24, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. derptard

    "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."

    Well I"m glad we got the expert opinion of ANOTHER NEIGHBOR.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. stella southwick

    While I am VERY sorry for the loss of life that took place here. If there is anything to be glad about, it is that the only harm was to the pit bulls owner and not some innocent small child or neighbor who did not make the decision to have such a rotten animal. When will pitbulls be outlawed?

    August 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TK

    According to residents of the Napora neighborhood, the dog did not maul Darla Napora, “just found out that the woman fell off a ladder and hit her head...husband came home found the dog standing over her...he put the dog out side....it got loose and cops shot the dog...thinking that it had mauled the lady. The dog had blood on it's body because he was trying to nudge her to make her move....”

    http://www.examiner.com/american-pit-bull-in-national/pacifica-dog-mauling-what-really-happened-1

    August 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheesh

      http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/08/16/BAO81KNJEK.DTL

      "A necropsy of the unneutered, 2-year-old male pit bull, Gunner, confirmed that the animal was responsible for the attack, said police Capt. Dave Bertini.
      A veterinarian at the Peninsula Humane Society reviewed hair and tissue samples and blood evidence to reach that conclusion, police said.
      An examination of the couple's other pit bull, a female named Tazi, confirmed that she was not involved in the attack.
      Teeth impressions were made of Gunner and Tazi, and they were compared with Napora's wounds, Bertini said."

      August 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. geraldine Drewlo

    It was not the dog. They adore their masters. That was just a cover up for who really did it.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jayhawker

    One of the big reasons that there are all these "pit attacks" is that if almost any dog of mixed breed is involved in an attack of some sort, it is automatically put down as a pit, when it is simply NOT true. People need to remember that ANY animal (dogs, cats, snakes, hamsters, etc) are ANIMALS and should be thought of as unpredictable, no matter the amount of training they have. My dog is a beagle/chihuahua mix and I can guarantee you that, even with multiple training classes under his collar, he is an animal and would react if provoked.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TheTruth

    Autopsy proves she died of shock and blood loss due to multiple bit wounds inflicted by her loving pet the pit bull. SHE DID NOT DIE FROM FALLING OFF A LADDER.
    Her obituary also so shows she was an "avid supporter of BADRAP" which is a bull terrier rescue and support group. The irony in this is so sad. I grieve for her family.
    Pit bulls are a menace. I pray the breed becomes extinct.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jayhawker

      And I pray ignorant people like you become extinct.

      August 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. XprettypiperX

    wow! ignorant comments indeed.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • queenbee

      "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."

      OMG!!!! Proof readers! WHERE ARE YOU? The word reiteration comes to mind here....

      August 22, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy Cracks Capricorns

      No reason to expect attack? IT'S A PIT BULL!!!!

      August 24, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • collins61

      ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZz

      August 24, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay L

      Just because it is a Pit Bull doesn't mean it will attack. That's an ignorant statement from someone who doesn't understand animal behavior.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cleareye

      You're the idiot here. Pit bulls have a very disproportionate number of human attacks. They can be lovable, like all dogs, but unfortunately have been inner bred to such a degree that they cannot be relied on. A friendly dog for years will kill your toddler and not know what it is doing at all.

      August 29, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • chef dugan

      I understand human behavior and the lady got just what she deserved. Maybe the other dog will get the husband for a clean sweep. Pit bulls are dangerous and so are their owners. The dog is only doing what its history tells it to, the stupid owners have no excuse.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • sillypeople

      No but is more likely then a jack russel terrier to tear out your throat jack ass

      September 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • idsearch

      Do you?

      September 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Pitbulls are violent animals, animals are bred for different purposes, the pitbull is not natural. the breeding inherently has left them to be unstable, irrational and extremely dangerous. they were bred to kill. I'm an animal lover, but i would never let anyone i cared about near a pitbull. unless a pitbull is under total control i would immediately kill it on sight, as the officers did. pitbulls are dangerous beasts that are good for dogfighting (if you like that kind of thing) and thats about it.

      September 9, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • HxC19D

      I swim at the beach....there's sharks but no reason to expect an attack...god i love my pitbulls.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pit bull owner

      Ignorant statement. Nicely done.

      August 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • sillypeople

      hide yo kidz, hide yo wife

      September 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • workerbee

      IIt's the Police Department of Redundancy Department.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Be gentle, its only CNN.

      September 2, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • in the know

      Obviously the police didn't know it was a pit bull or else they could have seen this coming a mile away. Don't they read the newspapers? Pit bulls love to kill people,,, that's what they do for their jollies. And every time they kill someone the owner says "gosh gee wilickers,,, I never in a million years thought he would do that, duuuuh"

      September 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucin

      Thank you for showing your ignorance. Pits do not enjoy, nor are they driven to, to kill humans. You know what started the pitbull craze? A news station misreported a dog attack. The dog in question was a mix breed and they wrongly called it a pitbull. It caught fire and now, almost any dog attack is reported as a "pitbull attack".

      Half the people on this site, and the majority of all of those who are anti-pit, wouldn't recognize a pitbull if it was staring them in the face.

      September 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Thanks for keepin em going.

      August 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CvGMob

    "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."

    I love how these pit morons keep posting garbage from the EXAMINER like its some legit news publication. Pits are dangerous, plain and simple!!

    August 16, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. poltergiest

    Guy killed his wife, blamed it on the dog. She probably told him the baby wasnt his

    August 16, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrsvee

      Yeah, I bet he was the one that bit her dozens of times on her face and torso.

      August 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pit Idiot Nation

      No, the ladder bit her, the dog was just helping her get away from the ladder. Morons...

      August 16, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jennifer

    http://blog.dogsbite.org/2011/01/2010-us-dog-bite-fatality-statistics.html

    August 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • jennifer

      79% of dog attacks last year were pits and rotts. these are the deaths. not the maulings. numbers speak a lot louder than opinions!!!!!!!!

      August 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
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