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. T

    Pit bulls were also the most popular family dog in the U.S. during the 1920's.... have the dogs changed that much? Or have we?

    August 18, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spar0056

      I think you are thinking of the Boston bull terrier......which is a different breed. Bostons were actually breed as one of the first dogs ment to be pets rather then working dogs

      August 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ginnmill

    Any large dog can be dangerous Pits and Rotties have different jaw structures which make their bites deadly and difficult to unlock off someone. My son had a rottie with the sweetest disposition in the world, docile never barked a real lovable dog. The one he has now I won't let in my house, the first time he brought her over she growled at me and was very passive aggressive, pushing her big barrel body against my legs and pinning them to the chair I was sitting in. She has now bitten 4 or 5 times and he is looking for a rescue to take her. But I have know sheperds that have been vicious too and chows.

    August 18, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Musicdorian

    Well, here we go again. Another story about pit bulls killing someone, and the usual morons that defending this breed. How many stories about collies or labradores mauling people, do you read about? One in a blue moon, maybe? This breed is notorious, and there is a reason for it. It only takes 3% of a breed to be killers or maulers in order to make a breed dangerous. The "they're just sweet protective dogs" crowd, should read this story and understand that they killed many of their owners (who also thought that they were sweet and protective.) Get real. These dogs are quirkly and dangerous, and the screwballs that bred them unleashed a menace on society.

    August 19, 2011 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
    • faith

      Did you know that the breed of dog most likely to bite you is a dachshund? The big, scary chihuahua comes in at number two. 84% of pit bulls pass temperament tests with flying colors. The president of the American Temperament Test Society has tested 500 pit bulls and only disqualified ONE for aggression. (See link below.) The media skews reports to make them sensational, so they are currently demonizing bully breeds the same way they demonized rotties, dobies, and german shepherds in the past. I work rescue, and we have seen on numerous occasions the media reporting a 'pit bull' attack that was actually the work of another breed of dog. It's more dramatic that way. Yet you hear far less of the many, many stories of pit bulls tortured, beaten, starved, deliberately and cruelly killed, and even baked to death in a cage in the hot sun It happens way more than pits actually attacking anybody, but you don't hear about it, because it doesn't fit the storyline the media's building.

      "Pit bulls" have saved people, and other animals, from harm many times. Stubby the bull terrier was a WWI mascot who saved several soldiers' lives. Baby Sosa saved his family from an intruder. His family repaid him by moving to an apartment complex that didn't allow 'his kind.' Chief died protecting his elderly owners from a cobra. Chief was honored for his sacrifice. Beautiful Weela saved her little boy's life by taking the snakebite meant for him, then saved many neighbors by hauling supplies to them during a natural disaster. More stories of heroic pit bulls here:

      Many famous people have been pit bull owners, including Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Thomas Edison, Woodrow Wilson, John Steinbeck, Fred Astaire, Jessica Alba, Jon Stewart, Usher, Brad Pitt, Michael J. Fox, Mel Brooks, and Ken Howard, who credits his pit with saving his life. Petey, the Little Rascals' dog, was a pit bull, as were the RCA dog, the Buster Brown Shoes dog, and the mascots of many fire stations, colleges, and platoons.

      You already know media can be slanted–hello Fox News. Please show some intelligence and human decency and do your research before you contribute to the systematic extermination of a generally loving breed used as search and rescue dogs, drug sniffing dogs, and service dogs by spreading hatred. You say " It only takes 3% of a breed to be killers or maulers in order to make a breed dangerous." According to NPR, almost 10% of black men are in prison. Does that make black men a "menace" "unleashed... on society"?

      For the record, I am a middle class, middle aged, professional white woman, engaged to a black man, living in suburban MD, and we have a lab/pit mix whom we adopted not to have a 'badass' dog, but because of her breed and the fact that she was a 'shy dog' (a dog afraid of everything and everyone), she was the dog whom the rescue thought was least likely to find a home. Our princess is still terrified of thunder, buses, and strangers 6 years later, but she's learned to hold her own with our cats, and she loves our hamsters, guinea pigs, etc., like they were her own babies. Anyone who thinks pit bulls are dangerous should spend an hour with Molly.

      Some of the victims of the Denver breed ban are pictured here, thrown in a heap like so much trash:

      August 19, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Just because you don't read about them doesn't mean they don't happen. This is just one sensationalized story from the media. No one wants to read the story about the sharpei that mauls a grandmother... there's no "ratings" there...a Pregnant woman on the other hand... of course that's news, and a bad rap for pitbull.

      August 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris rawley

      Anyone who has owned a pitbull from puppy knows this story is a lie. They will defend owners until dead themselves. More likely story is that man killed wife and pitbull attacked him, then he had cops shoot it.

      The idea that any kind of dog just "turns" one day is completely false.

      Bad owners make bad dogs.

      August 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rabidmob

      This is why I don't want to own a dog.

      August 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      "Anyone who has owned a pitbull from puppy knows this story is a lie. They will defend owners until dead themselves. More likely story is that man killed wife and pitbull attacked him, then he had cops shoot it."

      Wow, you really are an imbecile. I guess that would explain the bite marks all over the woman, with none on the man, right?

      August 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      faith Lots of dogs will bite you, but not many will tear you to shreds like the pit bull, which is bred to do that.

      August 20, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Admiral1

      When's the last time someone was killed by a Dachshund?

      August 20, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian T

      Did you know that when a dachshund bites you... you pretty much walk away laughing? When a pit bull decides to bite you... you die. People can defend the breed as house pets all they want, but the numbers of attacks speak for themselves and ironically it's always the defenders of such dogs that own them and suffer the consequences. If you get a pit bull, you risk being mauled. End of story.

      August 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • HollyG

      To Faith: dachshunds and chihuahuas might bite more than pit bulls, but they can't kill you.

      August 21, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Musicdorian

    I do have to say that I'm glad that it was an owner who got it (through their own ignorance) and not an innocent neighbor. This couple was not innocent in owning this breed of dog. They bought it specifically because it was "badass." (the usual white trash rational.) I hope that in the future, when I read about a pit bull killing, that it is the owner who gets it. I hope that they get a taste of their own medicine. I wonder how sweet and awsomely loyal this woman thought her dog was as it ripping her to peices (also was she thinking about the usual "the dog just wants to please it's owner" behavior.) Are you listening all of you marginally educated, low class, pit bull owners (an no money doesn't give you class. You can drive a BMW and live in large house but you are still on the trash end of the class scale.)

    August 19, 2011 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
    • JusDav

      " do have to say that I'm glad that it was an owner who got it "
      You seem to be happy that the unborn child was killed as well. I am no advocate for pits myself, but do feel for the innocent child to be.

      Happy day Musicdorian.

      August 19, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • LBP

      I do not like pits at all, but it amazes me that you would call pit owners white trash and be happy about this woman being mauled to death by her own dog. Sounds to me like you, my dear, are the white trash here. Get help, psycho.

      August 19, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • jaintn

      What a jerk. Musicdorian, you are a heartless, ignorant, waste of skin. How dare you say those things? Granted, having a male pitbull who hasn't been fixed is the height of stupidity and shows to a certain extent that this dog was probably an extension of a certain body part for the husband, but to say that woman deserved to die, and especially in such a horrific manner makes you a monster. Oh, and learn to spell before you start talking about ANYONE being marginally educated or low class. I don't know what happened to you in your life to make you such a complete a**hole, but it must have been bad. Honestly, people like you make me sick to my stomach.

      August 19, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • heamye

      Musicdorian, if I read his note correctly, was NOT saying he was GLAD the woman and baby were killed. He was relieved that some other person, who had nothing to do with the dogs, was killed. I see this a bit like drunk drivers who go out and kill themselves...and there is immense relief when they hurt nobody else in the process. And sorry, but dachsunds and poodles usually don't maul people TO DEATH, so that argument goes out the window. Dog bites/dog deaths....two separate issues.

      August 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jojo

      Wow. Who are you to call anyone white trash? First of all, you can't spell (or at least spell check). Second, to rejoice that someone – and a pregnant someone, at that – was mauled (a very traumatic and painful death) by her own dog... You are heartless. You really shouldn't throw stones, as it is clear you do live in a glass house.

      August 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian T

      Pit owners are white trash and though I'm sorry the woman died as a result of allowing her family to own one, it's like the story of the scorpion and the frog. "You knew I was a scorpion".

      August 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Yes it's unfortnate that the unborn baby was killed too, but think of it this way–what if the baby was born and the the dog killed the baby when it was one or two? At least the baby was spared the consious knowledge that it was being killed.

      August 20, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • tedbohne

      your comment makes you the posterchild for stupidity. that is definitely the ugliest comment yet.

      August 21, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. RJ

    Perhaps stricter animal control laws REGARDLESS of breed, not that it would have helped this family since there is no record of prior aggression. However, if society forces dog owners to take responsibility for the socialization and training of their pets (ie....Give leash laws teeth, report any bite to the owner's home insurance, mandate training and neutering if your pet is found off leash/off property or in a dog fight). If people take responsibility for these things in a meaningful way, maybe someday we won't have to argue the merits of Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas. Dream world...I know it!

    August 19, 2011 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Christina

    How do you know they got a pit bull because it was "badass". I didn't see that in the article.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cristina

    The ignorance here is simply astounding. Many of you are looking for the simple way out; the past of least resistance and LEAST responsibility. The fact of the matter is a particular dog breed is NOT inherently evil; however there are behavioral traits that are specific to each breed. Because of that, a responsible dog owner must do their homework and train the dog accordingly. That means treating a dog like a DOG (not like a human) and ensuring that it is trained. All dogs adhere to biological instincts and therefore need to know who the "dominant" head of the "pack" is- the human. If these simple guidelines are not followed then ALL dogs, no matter if it is a pitbull or poodle, will misbehave and bite, attack, and possibly kill. It is the OWNER'S responsibility to train its dog accordingly.

    And for the record, I have a dalmation-pitbull mix (both of which are breeds that are sometimes notorious for certain "behavioral" tendencies). My dog is by far the sweetest dog EVER. She adjusts to each member of the household's personality: my mother who is very anxious, the dog is right next to her at all times during walks and immediately responds when her name is called; my father who is much more lax and lets her run wild at times, she runs around sniffing plants and animals during walks and gets away with slightly rebellious behavior (fathers always let their "children" get away with doing things that the mother would never allow!!); and my sister and I who sometimes play "rough" with our dog, she rolls around on the grass and licks us and lets us tease her, etc. She has never EVER bitten any of us, nor has she ever done a thing to scare our neighbors or any of their children. She would never jump on my mom or play with her in the same way she does my sister and I. Why is that? Simply put, we did the responsible thing which is learning about our dog before getting her, training our dog, adhering to medical guidelines and neutering her and giving her the necessary shots, etc. Most people just need to use their brains once in a while...I highly recommend it.

    And while what happened is a tragedy, I wholeheartedly think that it could've easily been prevented if the owners had taken a pragmatic approach to having dogs. It's common knowledge that dogs are territorial, need a hierarchy, tend to be sensitive at times towards children and/or pregnant women, are fearful of strangers, etc. So take the necessary steps to protect yourself, your dog, and all other people. All of this ignorance is sad.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nobull

    Thats why "pitbulls" are completely outlawed in Miami-Dade County. What makes them dangerous are the powerful jaws and large incisors/canines the breed poesses. When the first story hit of Mastiffs or Pitbulls mauling thier owners, Why the hell do people continue to have such pets in thier domicile. In Miami the pitbull is the typical "thug dog" where most losers own the breed to personify thier shortcomings. Faith Below wrote a baseless newspaper of emotion that cannot accept real statistical information in other words the truth. People need to be rational and logical.... its good for you.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian T

      Exactly. Typical pit owner rhetoric that says the dogs are not to blame, nor are their owners. Yet, if someone has a tiger as a pet and it attacks them, they'll be the first ones up in arms about the stupidity of owning a tiger. Here's a wild idea, how about owning a friendly dog instead of one that has a history of violence?

      August 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • marie nicole

      I would like to see an example of a Mastiff that mauled it's owner... can you provide one? No...not a Bull Mastiff (A Mastiff Pit mix) but a true pure blood English Mastiff... Can you? Because if you are going to toss accusations about the Mastiff breed around, please have something to back it up. Mastiffs are THE sweetest dog, are known for being nanny dogs and have saved their "human families" from numerous potential tragedies... yes, they are a VERY large dog but don't let their size fool you, they are gentle giants... and it is VERY VERY rare for a pure breed Mastiff to exhibit aggression towards its "owner" in any way.

      August 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chris rawley

    More likely what happened is man kills wife, dog attacks him, he has cops shoot dog then feigns disbelief.

    Anyone who has owned a pit knows they will defend owners until dead themselves.

    They are far more trustworthy than humans.

    Man shoots pregnant wife in stomach and blames "black men" in Boston (Charles Stuart), this is the same except man blames "bad dog" for murder.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fast Eddie

      Did you just not read the article? Or do you just lack any comprehension skills? It was clearly stated that the woman was "...lying on the ground, her face and torso injured from dozens of bites." I'm fairly certain that the police can tell the difference between a gunshot wound and 'dozens of bites'.

      August 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      Right, imbecile. I'm sure the man chewed his own wife to death. What a moron.

      August 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chris rawley

    Man shoots pregnant wife to death and blames "black men" in Boston (Charles Stuart), this appears similar except man blames "bad dog" for murder.

    Men kill wives and children more often than dogs. Sad fact.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      Right, imbecile. I'm sure the man chewed his own wife to death. What a moron.

      August 19, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Spar0056

    The problem with the pit bull (American staford terrior) is that it is the only dog that I am aware of that was breed to kill. It was ment to be a pit (as in dog fighting pit) dog. Rottwielers, german shepords, etc. were breed to do something else and some have been used for fighting, but only the pit bull was made from scratch for violence. I know that many of them are very sweet and loving, but you can never know when the violence will come out and if it does the dog was also breed to have the body and teeth to kill.

    August 19, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joy

      Wrong. They were originally bred to be bull baiters. That is dogs that would grab a bull by the nose and hold it with its head to the ground, which would make the bull still. Still enough that its owner could then castrate it. It was common that after castration the dog would be gored to death. So they were actually created to save the lives of humans, and for this reason were specifically bred not to be human aggressive, in fact, they had to be so well trained, and happy to please, that they would grab a bull by its tender snout when ordered to. As with many other powerful animals, some moron seen this and decided the dogs would make an interesting sport. So they would then put the dog in a pit with a Bull and let them fight. Since this most often ended in a dead bull which meant a bunch of $$$ wasted, or a dead dog, they decided it would be more 'sporting' to pit the dogs against other dogs. This is how the pit bull came to be.
      They do have more powerful jaws and can have thicker teeth, but the major problem is those using them as status symbols, or those who think their dog can do no wrong. Pit bull owners that do not put their dog/s in their place are responsible for most attacks and bites. Trusting any animal implicitly just seems like a bad idea to me. I've seen birds snap peoples fingers off and I don't trust them either.

      August 20, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Spar0056

      Joy I must disagree. I have checked several references and there is very little disagreement that the Stafordshire terrors (pit bulls) were bread for dog on dog combat. The breeding stock for the pit bull were bull dogs, who history you refer to, and terriers which were game dogs. That said, the purpose of combining the speed of the terrier with the power of the bull dog was dog fighting. I know that most of these dogs could be nice dogs but when you combine their history with the fact that most people (but not all!!) who buy these dogs want to have a "bad ass" animal, this breeds reputation is not going to change anytime soon.

      August 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. pitbullowner

    I can't believe what I am reading people it doesn't matter what breed the dog was the thing is that a woman a mother a wife lost her life and that is very sad are pits dangerous yes but that's no reason to destroy the whole breed in fact any dog is and can be a killer its up to the owner to be well informed as to the pros and cons of any breed you are wanting to get for your family dog I have four pits and I love and trust but I am not going to be irresponsible and let my prego wife or one year old son go out there with out me that would be just stupid on my part I don't let my son even play with my chi or pug with out my wife or I there. And to any one who would say that they need to be put down just because of their breed think on this 80% of all domestic violence is done by men so we should put down all men but wait there's more that is wrong because a nother study states that half of all domestic violence is done by the female so which is right the first or the second I don't know ither so stop saying a lie that pits are gentle they can be but they can be very mean at the same time as it is with all dogs

    August 19, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • drwelby

      I'm exhausted after reading your post. Punctuation is your friend.

      August 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Frank Thomson

    This has probably already been said, but I will say it again just in case, in the hopes that it will get through the thick skulls of some of these pit-bull apologists. The debate should not be about temperament; it is purely a matter of 'killing potential'. My 2 dachshunds have nipped many an ankle and actually chase my neighbor's pit bulls if they get loose. There is no doubt in my mind that they are more aggressive. However, when my dogs 'snap', it is an annoyance, even if it happens thousands of times; if my neighbor's pit bull 'snaps', even just once, it is a death or traumatic injury. It's sad, unfortunate and not their fault, but it is reality. They are genetically more capable of killing and maiming, which are, ironically, the traits we have tried to breed out during the domestication of the wolf. Personally, I don't advocate the radical euthanization proposals of some, but I do think there has to be a serious moratorium on breeding this animal. I just don't know how anyone can advocate keeping a 'loaded weapon' around children or other pets when there are clearly other alternatives that are far less dangerous.

    August 19, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dynan3

      Well thought out and well put.

      August 19, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian T

      You summed it all up friend. Well said.

      August 20, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dinak

    The person named Faith who wrote a novel about the deadly little chihuahuas doesn't get the point. There's a difference between the breeds most likely to bite and those most likely to kill. Most people can withstand a Chihuahua attack – but not the Pitt Bull. Pit Bulls are naturally aggressive, and when they get ticked off, it's not just a little nip on the ankle that you experience. Faith, I guarantee that if you had kids, you'd rather they be around a Chihuahua than a Pitt Bull. Grow up.

    August 20, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Indie

      It seems like there is a general willingness to tolerate "bad behavior" or the "lack of manners" exhibited by smaller breeds of dog due to the belief that they will not cause damage. I own a cane corso mastiff, but was looking at the pit breed. My dog will become a huge animal very shortly...he could very easily injury someone by biting them or simply running into them at any speed.

      However, my husband and I are very conscious of this fact. We treat our dog like he is a dog, not a person. His life revolves around learning how to behave well, which includes bite inhibition. This is the process of training the dog to recognize that biting humans AT ALL is not allowed – no nipping fingers, no "mouthing" toes.

      People who believe that it is acceptable to not train a dog in this manner, regardless of size, are inconsiderate owners. It does not matter if the dog is a pit or a "purse" dog – biting should not be something that you (as an owner, someone visiting a dog, or a stranger) are forced to tolerate.

      August 21, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. Danedjo

    Pitbulls are banned in Ontario Canada. Smartest thing they have ever done... banned get it all you pit lovers.

    This means that the law continues, which means no more pit bulls in Ontario,. "No pit bulls sold, bred or imported into the province of Ontario.

    "People should continue to leash and muzzle their pit bulls; pit bulls are banned are in Ontario, and that has been upheld by the Ontario Superior Court.

    "Pit bulls remain banned, the purebred definitions of pit bulls are banned, anything substantially similar to those purebreds are banned."

    If you owned a pit when the law came into effect you can keep it until it dies but you must have it muzzled at all times when off of your property.

    Now what do all you pit lovers think of that..... end of story, end of pitbulls

    August 20, 2011 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
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