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. Joe

    Dogs are pack animals whenever they bite, the alpha in this case the owner they are usually taken down whether in nature or in captivity. Pit bulls were bred to fight other dogs very effectively human ownership in a urban household environment is not only foolish its deadly. For people saying simple things such as "Pitbulls are harmless" "ive worked with pits for years its all butterflies and fairies" you are not a professional.

    August 17, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob Barker

    And remember have your pets spayed or neutered!

    August 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Strange

      I think the husband had more to do with this then what we are seeing. Pitbulls are very loyal dogs and naturally inclined to defend you and your house. Helen Keller had a pitbull as her canine companion and helper. Pitbulls will chew down a door to rescuse you from a burning house. And what about the 3 search and rescus pitbulls in California that worked non stop at the World Trade Center and Pentagon after 9/11. I find it hard to believe they had the dog since a pup and just b/c the dog is standing over the wife all bloody that the dog could actually cause head trauma. Head trauma is from a physical violence. And I would suspect the dog thought the paramedics were harming his owner when they attempted CPR. If the dog found the wife on the floor not responding – the dogs instinct is to get your attention, thru licking, biting, dragging you. Something just doesn't seem right about this story. Let me know what they find on the autopsy.

      August 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • rs

      In this day and age with puppy mills and interbreeding commonplace the stability of the dog can certainly be questioned. I have seen enough hyperactive puppies in chain stores and from local "private" breeders to know that there is little care on the parentage of dogs when there is money to be made.

      August 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      I agree with one of these comments. There is more to this story then we are being told. My grandma owned a pit and I was always around her. The only time she ever fought was over a bone with another dog, and she tore her up, but when we finally managed to get her off of the dog, she was licking us and wouldn't let the dog anywhere near us. People don't understand, you don't own a pitbull because you want them to fight, or cause harm to anyone else, you own them for your safety. For all we know, the guy could of killed his wife and the pitbull licked her since it is in his nature to do so to make sure they are okay, and had blood on him therefore leading the husband to accuse the dog so he gets off safe. Or, she was murdered. They really should of investigated this more before shooting an innocent dog. He charged her because It's his owner. He doesn't want anything to happen to them, like I stated before. You own a pitbull for YOUR protection. I rest my case.

      August 19, 2011 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Unreal

      I can't believe the insinuations here that this man killed his wife. Do those of you suggesting this really think that trained responders along with the police couldn't quickly tell the difference between wounds inflicted from a canine and those that result from human on human violence? Good grief.

      August 19, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • lk

      go Bob!

      September 10, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jenn

    Thos eof you saying that pit bulls are all nasty, and blah blah blah, need to give your heads a shake. The breed is not a violent breed by themselves, it's the individual dog, raised improperly, that will be violent.
    "In the United States, these dogs were used as catch dogs for semi-wild cattle and hogs, to hunt, to drive livestock, and as family companions" -meaning, their strong cross-bred characteristics were valued, they have strength, and that was admired. It's HUMAN BEINGS who turned these dogs into violent fighters, and ruined their reputation. It is SO unfortunate what happened to this woman, her family, however, not every pit bull dog will attack and hurt people. ALSO there are ALL sorts of animals who attack, injure, and kill people. A while ago there were German Sheppard's who killed a baby. Doesn't mean the breed is violent, but something awful happened, and there was a tragic loss. Considering I've been bitten by and made to bleed by little dogs like poms and chi's, the only difference you uneducated blabber mouths like to spout about, is that fact that it's always in the news when it's a pit bull.

    Grow up, guys. Do you PROPER research. Don't just look up attacks and violent histories.

    On another note, people kill all the time and are hardly ever euthanized, or deemed as mentally unstable. Maybe take a step back and evaluate how pathetic the human race is when it comes to having to be first and superior to everything.

    Last, and once again, it is a terrible tragedy for this family. My deepest sympathies for your loss, for all three, the woman, the unborn baby, and the family companion.

    August 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenn

      *those of
      *your

      August 17, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • DukeOfEarl

      Everytime a dog rips the face off a kid, it's a pit bull. Everytime I pick up a paper theres a new story of a woman or elderly person killed by... you guessed it...a pit bull. It's always a pit bull. And the owners or neighbors will always say, "Gee, the dog never done anything like that before. The dog always seemed well behaved". Same story, different day/city. And Jenn gives us the same old tired excuse of "D'oh, it's not the breed." If I only had a nickel for everytime I've heard that tired worn out defense after a pit bull attack. Research you say? My research is that this breed was designed to specifically to fill the need for a fighting dog, a canine gladiator, quick to fight, easy to provoke to fight, aggressive, so a fight audience will not be kept waiting for some action. But a small percentage of our public, perhaps 8%, such as Jeen and perhpas Homer Simpson, somehow fancy such a dog for a pet. I think what we have here with Jenn and her kind is the "Elvis Factor", i.e. approx. 8% of the public believes that Elvis is still alive. And so we will find that approx. 8% of the public believes Sadaam Hussein was nice guy, just misrepresented or whatever. And so it follows that we will have about 8% who think a breed designed for a gladiator arena will make a nice save pet. I wouldn't complain if it was always the owners who were killed, because then that would be natural selfction, but no, it's usually a neighbors innocent todler gets his face ripped off or an innocent elderly neighbor gets mauled to death. Anyway, In this sad case, the pit bull owner was killed, so the deceased would have qualified for a posthumous Darwin Award except that an innocent unborn baby died with her, so no award this time. But the husband is still alive to try to win an award again, with another pit bull and another wife. It's the breed, dummies!

      August 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      @DukeOfEarl... YES, thank you!!!

      August 17, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • RC

      Jenn, how about this research
      "Studies indicate that pit bull-type dogs were involved in approximately a third of human DBRF (i.e., dog bite related fatalities) reported during the 12-year period from 1981 through1992, and Rottweilers were responsible for about half of human DBRF reported during the 4 years from 1993 through 1996....[T]he data indicate that Rottweilers and pit bull-type dogs accounted for 67% of human DBRF in the United States between 1997 and 1998. It is extremely unlikely that they accounted for anywhere near 60% of dogs in the United States during that same period and, thus, there appears to be a breed-specific problem with fatalities." (Sacks JJ, Sinclair L, Gilchrist J, Golab GC, Lockwood R. Breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks in the United States between 1979 and 1998. JAVMA 2000;217:836-840.)

      August 17, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beth

      What is it, Lassie, old boy? You have blood all over your fur! What?? You mauled grandma??

      August 18, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Madge

      Jenn, really? How often do you see where a yorkie or jack tears someone's face off? Even akita's don't have that kind of reputation. Everyone says blah blah blah pit bulls are good, owners bad, yada yada yada. While training is key for any dog breed, you CANNOT take the breeding out of the dog. Pits have been bred irresponsibly for years, and with that comes some deep seeded traits, as with any dog. If you have a dog bred for hunting, his offspring will have those traits after x amount of generations. If you have a dog bred to love water...etc. Pitts have been bred to fight and act aggresively. You wouldn't take a wolf into your home and expect good training will get rid of his wild traits. Same holds true for any dog. Do YOUR research.

      August 18, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Logan

      Jenn you're a cun*

      August 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      Duke of Earl: The media hypes everything up. Yes, pit bulls statistics shows them the most violent. But it is true that is the "inbreeding" and training and lack of knowledge and training that goes along with owning this breed. A 2009 report issued by DogsBite.org shows that 19 dog breeds contributed to 88 deaths in a recent 3-year period. Pit bulls accounted for 59% followed by rottweilers with 14%.

      More people are killed in hunting accidents than these dogs (about 1000 people per years in the U.S. and Canada).

      August 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unreal

      So you are saying that it's simply dumb luck that all of these sweet pit bulls have found homes with bad owners? I agree that people, to an extent, make the animal. I also believe that a larger majority of owners who would train their dogs to be aggressive would choose such a breed. However that doesn't explain the rash of lethal maulings. Badly trained or not there is simply no reason for such an animal. I have a St. Bernard that wouldn't let you 2ft inside my house if I didn't invite you in. That's plenty of protection. There's no need to ramp it up beyond that. I can defend my home just fine with a hunting rifle. No need for an assault weapon. You get the picture. Perhaps pit bulls should be treated as weapons much like certain firearms are. Require a CBI\FBI check before someone can own one and make training of both the owner and animal mandatory.

      August 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jenn

    Hear, hear.

    August 17, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jennifer

    Jenn, at your urging, I did my research. Not surprising what I found...

    "Another study looked at a selection of 88 dog attacks from 2006-2008 in the United States, with results ranging from recoverable injuries to death. Of those incidents, it was found that:

    Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and American Bulldogs were responsible for 77% of all deaths.
    Pit Bulls were responsible for 59% of all deaths.
    Pit Bulls killed more adults than children."

    August 17, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      You have that absolutely WRONG. A 2009 report issued by DogsBite.org shows that 19 dog breeds contributed to 88 deaths in a recent 3-year period. Pit bulls accounted for 59% followed by rottweilers with 14%.

      August 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Um, can you add?

      August 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gomer P.

    In india cobras attack & kill 10,000 people a year. Why aren't we turning our attention to this, it's much worse than pitbulls. I'll tell you why. Cobras, when they kill you, only leave two puncture marks, usually on your leg. Unless you were playing with it, then usually on your arm. If cobras had the jaw power of a pitbull, they'd not only poison you but they'd keep poisoning you because they wouldn't let go. If they had the crocodile jaw of a pitbull, people would ban cobras forever. Or maybe they'd have to muzzle them. Can you imagine if pitbulls had fangs and not teeth. They'd just poison you and then people wouldn't get so upset because their victims would still have their faces and fingers and stuff. Their backs would puff out and they'd standup on their two back legs and then sink their fangs in you. Either way, pitbulls are very scary and they should all be put in baskets.

    August 17, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • astuartgirl

      LOL and so should lions and tigers and bears ... oh my!

      It amazes me when people have an animal with eons of breeding to attack wonder why they ATTACKED! duh!

      August 18, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Unreal

      What the....? Wow. We are talking about a domesticated animal kept by humans that is bred to be deadly. Wild animals are a different story alltogether. Mosquitos account for more deaths (by orders of magnitude) than cobras...but that's not the point. Now if my neighbors were jumping rope with cobras and breeding malaria carrying mosquitos I'd be concerned. However it might be hard to enforce a law which makes being a cobra or mosquito illegal. More power to you though. I hate mosquitos.

      August 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The ChuckMeister

    My first thought is that I am sad for the family. Unfortunanty this event is yet another strike against an inherently vicious breed. How many more lives will be lost before our government steps in and orders pit bulls and rotweillers to all be spayed and/or neutered so that the two breeds simply die out. They are not and will never be necessary for the survival of the human race as demonstrated in this and all of the previously preventable incidences.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. dilberth

    The saddest time in my life was when I was 12. A beautiful ring-necked pheasant was wedged in between some rocks and couldn't get out. It was very cold and seemed listless when we pulled the heavy rock away. freeing him. We brought it back to our house and laid him in some blankets. The next day he was strutting around the basement. For the next two weeks we fed him and nursed him back to health. At the time, we had a German shepherd mix. He was a fun-loving dog and would often sleep next to Tawny, the name we gave him. But then one day, I came home from school and there was blood all over the steps and into the kitchen. There lay Tawny, and our dog, Barron had blood and feathers in his mouth. Tawny died a horrible death. Why or why. Was it because Tawny was receiving more attention? Dogs do strange things sometimes. Unpredictable.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      no. the dog didn't do anything strange. he was a dog, a predator, and the pheasant was a bird, prey. the only strange one i n the story is the human who would leave a dog and a bird alone together in a house! and what does this have to do with a seemingly healthy, well adjusted dog killing its owner?

      August 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      if it turns out that the husband was somehow involved in his wife's death and used the dog as the weapon or a cover-up, what do we say? why did he come home in the middle of the day to discover her there???? i think we are missing big peices of this puzzle

      August 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. angrysmell

    saying a pit bull is dangerous isn't ignorant. it's a fact. if you don't understand that it's not the dog, but what the dog is capable of that is the problem, you are truly stupid. yes, they can be great dogs, but only when trained well and constantly treated with the respect they REQUIRE. unfortunately, the reality is that most of the time they are owned and trained by idiots because idiots like things that are big, loud and can easily kill people (e.g., monster trucks, grenades, pit bulls), therefore they instantly pick a pit bull 9 times out of 10.

    ferrari's are great cars for racing around town, but i wouldn't give one to my 16 year old the day he gets his license. pit bulls are great dogs for protecting your power tools, but not if you store your power tools near old people, children or pregnant women. this story is tragic for so many reasons, not least of which is the fact that even after hearing about it, there are people out there who will continue to believe that pit bulls are no different than chihuahuas. sure, just like a ford focus is no different than a mustang.

    August 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      Saying a pitbull is dangerous is a fact ... well that in itself is ignorant. All dogs are capable of killing not just pittbulls. Over breading is an issue with a lot of these dogs deemed mean as well. Even the dalmation makes most 10 ten lists for dangerous dogs.

      August 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kim

    DukeOfEarl
    the reason you only see stories about pits is bc thats the only 1 worth writing about bc the writers know pits have a history, and they will actually get in the paper if its a pit attac. dogs bite and kill ppl everyday....all types of different breeds.
    pit bulls have been breed perposly for fighting, they are a very strong protective breed.
    but just like humans every single dog is different.
    humans kill other humans every single day.....but do we kill them? most the time no we dont.
    and just bc in the papers they say oh my dog has never done anthing like this before oh blablabla
    you dont know that dogs history you dont know what its been throug, u dont know if they r ever let out or if they get to interacte with other ppl (other than owners or relitives or kids) you dont know if theyve ever played with other dogs
    every little thing does contribute to the actions of the dog....(just like in ppl)

    i have a 3 year old pit bull named gizmoe.
    he is my baby i love him hes the best dog ive ever had
    i take him everywhere he goes to the beach with me
    he goes fishing
    i take him to fairs and local events
    to freinds houses to play with there dogs (like a doggy playday)
    but ive also given him everything a new toy a week it seems like, endless lovings we i get home i play with him i take him out then at night he sleeps on my bed most the time having to touch.
    he goes to the vet 1-2 times a year
    he is fixed (witch is very inportant)

    just bc most ppl dont know how to train and take care of there animals the right way dont mean every 1 of that breed is bad.

    thats like saying all germans hate jews.....just bc a few thousand thought that at 1 point....

    all im saying is

    I LOVE PIT BULLS
    my gizmoe is the best dog out there :)))))))

    August 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kim

    DukeOfEarl
    the reason you only see stories about pits is bc thats the only 1 worth writing about bc the writers know pits have a history, and they will actually get in the paper if its a pit attac. dogs bite and kill ppl everyday....all types of different breeds.
    pit bulls have been breed perposly for fighting, they are a very strong protective breed.
    but just like humans every single dog is different.
    humans kill other humans every single day.....but do we kill them? most the time no we dont.
    and just bc in the papers they say oh my dog has never done anthing like this before oh blablabla
    you dont know that dogs history you dont know what its been throug, u dont know if they r ever let out or if they get to interacte with other ppl (other than owners or relitives) you dont know if theyve ever played with other dogs or even seen a kid
    every little thing does contribute to the actions of the dog....(just like in ppl)

    i have a 3 year old pit bull named gizmoe.
    he is my baby i love him hes the best dog ive ever had
    i take him everywhere he goes to the beach with me
    he goes fishing
    i take him to fairs and local events
    to freinds houses to play with there dogs (like a doggy playday)
    but ive also given him everything a new toy a week it seems like, endless lovings we i get home i play with him i take him out then at night he sleeps on my bed most the time having to touch.
    he goes to the vet 1-2 times a year
    he is fixed (witch is very inportant)

    just bc most ppl dont know how to train and take care of there animals the right way dont mean every 1 of that breed is bad.

    thats like saying all germans hate jews.....just bc a few thousand thought that at 1 point....

    all im saying is

    I LOVE PIT BULLS
    my gizmoe is the best dog out there :)))))))

    August 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. charles

    Pit bulls. Neuter them ALL, so we never get any more. This way, only the ones currently alive will be able to attack and kill people, and the breed will gently blink out of existence, like a bloody fetus.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. animalLover

    My guess is that pitbulls are wild dogs.... who knows!

    August 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ctb67

    This is why I love chihuahuas...They bite, you punt. My chihuahua is a sweet loving doggie. Even so, if she went nuts, I know all my kids could fight her off individually and her bite radius is small enough to not cause much damage.Chihuahuas are the only naturally occurring toy breed. I just wish they were better at potty training. Small price to pay for safety.

    August 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • lk

      good gramma dogs. spoil em rotten, basically harmless. lol on the bite and punt.

      September 10, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. T

    If this dog had been fixed, this never would have happened. Unfortunately, pit bulls are not fixed at the same rate as other dogs. Many people are attracted to the pit bull's image as a tough, strong dog... Coincidentally, these people are less likely to have their males' balls cutoff. Macho, ego, stupid tough-guy stuff really.

    Responsible owners know to have their animals fixed.

    Punish the deed, not the breed. Pit bulls are not the only dog to have violence in their breeding. Most dogs do actually. Rottweilers, dobermans, german shepherds, akitas, sharpei, great danes, cane corso, etc., etc., .... All of these dogs have violence in their breeding.

    Punish the deed, not the breed. If you took all the pit bulls off this earth, people would still fight dogs, dogs would still bite people, and unfortunate tragedies like would still happen.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
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