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. Cooper

    PLEASE DO YOUR READERS A FAVOR. Let us know what the examination of the dog reveals. If it was a medical condition, brain tumor, seizure, the public needs to know about it instead of using this event (as obviously horrible and terrible as it was) as a reason to get rid of all pit bulls.

    August 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sillyamericans

    I was attacked and tossed around like a rag doll at five by a brown lab. Americas family dog indeed. They are animals people if you cant handle living with creatures without any logic then do not own pets and do whatever you can to avoid people with them.

    August 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sillyamericans

    the owners of the lab thought it would be cute to let the dog play with a test dummy... funny until it thought my 5 year old self was the dummy. Animals are stupid just like alot of the people who have them. Good thing they are a bit smarter then the people who want to outlaw pitbulls. They are the same people who thought black people were less human than white people because they were just too aggressive.

    August 23, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • gousofa

      you are a idiot

      August 24, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • collins61

      And what are you?

      August 24, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Conky2012

      Animals are not stupid, you obviously have no education. Pit Bulls do this all the time, why is anyone shocked? If you own a Pit Bull you should expect it. Common sense. Sad story, but the whole incident was easily avoidable.

      August 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      Hey Foreigner/alien.....Pit bulls were bred, as the name indicates, for the "pit". They are for fighting to the death, other animals. There is no excuse that anyone can have for having one, except, to self-inflate, self-gratify, and overcome feelings of inadequacy, insufficient prowess, low intelligence, and overall lack of self-esteem. Of course, if you want to make money at the "pit" then, of course, the pit bull dog is the favored animal. If you want it for home protection, however, compare the cost of a pit bull and the cost of an alarm service and a shotgun. I submit that regardless of the state of neutering, these dogs ARE bread to kill, and should require a mandatory increase in homeowners insurance. Other than that, consider that in some counties in these United States, pit bulldogs are illegal to own. There is no civilized nor sane reason to ever own these types of dogs. Yes, I have trained successfully dogs and horses for more than 40 years. I was a canine officer. I have been a decorated, certified animal operator. I KNOW more than just the textbooks. You must face the fact that if you have one of these animals YOU are responsible for the death of those who you kill/murder. I have no sympathy for this man. I hope he remembers for the rest of his life the horror that his beautiful wife went through as she was being eaten alive, knowing that she was going to die with every bite that tore her flesh away. Remember that she could feel the pulling and the popping of the skin and muscle as the pit bull shook the flesh away from her body. This was no quick death. It was slow, horrifying, extremely painful.... I hope you rot in your old age.

      August 25, 2011 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
    • sillypeople

      you are a moron for even bringing any anti-american crap to the table... wrong forum. Go whine somewhere else.

      September 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jimmy Cracks Capricorns

    Pit Bulls have no place in a home....any home. Anyone who has one and that dog kills someone should be put away for manslaughter, I don't care if it was his wife, his child, or his neighbor, or a thief...manslaughter.

    August 24, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      And you have no place in society.

      August 26, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. alex pape

    This is so awful but it is not the fault of the breed. Every Pit Bull should be spayed or neutered and every owner owes the rest of the public to put their Pit Bull through obedience training.
    http://www.aboutpitbulldogs.com/pit-bull-obedience-training/

    August 24, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      It is in the breed. A lot of these attacks happen with animals that never had a previous problem, speyed, neutered or not. How can you say it is not in the breed?

      August 24, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      I agree completely. I have known Pits, Dobermans, and Rotts who have gone their entire lives without so much as nipping. I've also seen a neighbor's chihuahua put down because it tore a ligament in a pizza guy's calf. This is the husband and wife's fault. However, it is true that certain breeds are naturally aggressive, and should be either trained fully, or given to a more responsible owner.

      August 24, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      Alex..... Pit bulls were bred, as the name indicates, for the "pit". They are for fighting to the death, other animals. There is no excuse that anyone can have for having one, except, to self-inflate, self-gratify, and overcome feelings of inadequacy, insufficient prowess, low intelligence, and overall lack of self-esteem. Of course, if you want to make money at the "pit" then, of course, the pit bull dog is the favored animal. If you want it for home protection, however, compare the cost of a pit bull and the cost of an alarm service and a shotgun. I submit that regardless of the state of neutering, these dogs ARE bread to kill, and should require a mandatory increase in homeowners insurance. Other than that, consider that in some counties in these United States, pit bulldogs are illegal to own. There is no civilized nor sane reason to ever own these types of dogs. Yes, I have trained successfully dogs and horses for more than 40 years. I was a canine officer. I have been a decorated, certified animal operator. I KNOW more than just the textbooks. You must face the fact that if you have one of these animals YOU are responsible for the death of those who you kill/murder. I have no sympathy for this man. I hope he remembers for the rest of his life the horror that his beautiful wife went through as she was being eaten alive, knowing that she was going to die with every bite that tore her flesh away. Remember that she could feel the pulling and the popping of the skin and muscle as the pit bull shook the flesh away from her body. This was no quick death. It was slow, horrifying, extremely painful.... I hope you rot in your old age.

      August 25, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Clyde M

      It most certainly is the fault of the breed. Will all pit bulls attack someone? No, of course not. But they WERE selectively and purposefully bred–for generations–for their violent and aggressive tendencies. And statistically speaking they are MORE likely to attack humans (even known, friendly humans), and the attack is MORE likely to be fatal, than with the vast majority of other dog breeds.

      Pit bulls are ticking time bombs by nature, and while 95% will never go off, the 5% that do will cause a hell of a lot of pain and suffering.

      August 25, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Pit bulls have, unfortunately, been bred for hundredss of generations (dog generations 1/7 th of a people) to fight and kill. Yes, this is the fault of the PEOPLE, and not the Breed. The breeders have created living time bombs. I know people who have pit bulls that are wonderful pets. So far. The defenders of the breed will never acknowledge that agressiveness is a trait that was selected for breeding purposes. The passive / mellow dogs were not bred – as they had no value in the 'arena' where the dogs would fight to the death. It WAS the owners – but over generations – the trait to fight is indelible and now, the problem IS the breed. Also, please explain why pit bulls and pit bull mixes (worst are rotweiller and mastiff mixes) are only 6% of the dogs in the US, yet account for over 70% of MAULINGS (disfigurement for life – often children) and are responsible for 83% of all DEATHS from dog attacks. Virtually all attacks by these dogs were the first sign of agression ever. If my schnauzer is having a bad day, is sick or injured – she could (never has) give me a good bite. Chances are I will survive. When attacked by a pit bull – you are fighting for your life – and most attacks are unprovoked – so you are also taken by surprise. Doctors who have treated pit bull bites have stated that the damage is not just from the bite, the bite strength, the unwillingness to let go, the extremely high tolerance for pain a pit bull has (called "gameness" another trait selectively bred over hundreds of generations) but the shaking back and forth that the pit does that rends the flesh from human bones. Doctors can only compare this type of injury to shark bite victims. One victin of a pit bull had both legs and one arm amputated – the victin was an adult male – not frail or elderly – but he died while in a medically induced coma to control the pain. The worst part is that he never regained consciousness long enough to identify the animal that ripped off 3 of his limbs. The dog is free to kill again. The owner blames the dead victim. Always easy to clain the victim did something to "deserve" the attack, especially when the victim is no longer alive to provide the real story.

      August 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bemused

    The pit bull should have finished the job and killed him as well. Anyone stupid enough to think an animal bred only for violence would make a good pet deserves what they get. No pity from me.

    August 24, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Diana Ward

    "It's a pitbull!" What idiots. Far more people are killed by Labradors and other breeds than pit bulls.Look it up, if you know how to use google.com. Many more people are bitten by chihuahua's and terriers than are bitten by any big breeds. It is no wonder that so many people believe all the lies they hear, they forgot how to use their brains back in public school!

    August 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Chihuahuas and terriers don't maul and kill, then stand protectively over their prey. They're murderers that can snap at any time without a previous history of violence, as we have seen over and over again. The people that support the pit bulls are usually trailer trash or losers that use them as protection from the cops or anyone else that might threaten their stills or pot farms.

      August 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      It's an interesting point you make. However, I would be curious to know how many more people own labradors than pitbulls if at all.

      August 24, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coconut

      Where are you getting your stats from? I did "google it" and found a study on dog attacks by breed: "The report shows that 19 dog breeds contributed to 88 fatalities. Pit bulls accounted for 59% of these deaths, the second leading breed, rottweilers, accounted for 14%." I see Pit bulls and rotts listed as the top 2. No labs.

      August 24, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      Diana.... you are fooling only yourself... There is no other animal like the pit bulldog. Even Rottweillers were not bred for what the pit bulldog was bred for. I would suggest that you use more than the "google" tool as your research tool. Pit bulls were bred, as the name indicates, for the "pit". They are for fighting to the death, other animals. There is no excuse that anyone can have for having one, except, to self-inflate, self-gratify, and overcome feelings of inadequacy, insufficient prowess, low intelligence, and overall lack of self-esteem. Of course, if you want to make money at the "pit" then, of course, the pit bull dog is the favored animal. If you want it for home protection, however, compare the cost of a pit bull and the cost of an alarm service and a shotgun. I submit that regardless of the state of neutering, these dogs ARE bread to kill, and should require a mandatory increase in homeowners insurance. Other than that, consider that in some counties in these United States, pit bulldogs are illegal to own. There is no civilized nor sane reason to ever own these types of dogs. Yes, I have trained successfully dogs and horses for more than 40 years. I was a canine officer. I have been a decorated, certified animal operator. I KNOW more than just the textbooks. You must face the fact that if you have one of these animals YOU are responsible for the death of those who you kill/murder. I have no sympathy for this man. I hope he remembers for the rest of his life the horror that his beautiful wife went through as she was being eaten alive, knowing that she was going to die with every bite that tore her flesh away. Remember that she could feel the pulling and the popping of the skin and muscle as the pit bull shook the flesh away from her body. This was no quick death. It was slow, horrifying, extremely painful.... I hope you rot in your old age.

      August 25, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Clyde M

      Yes, there are dog breeds that bite more often. But there are few who's bites result in DEATH OR PERMANENT INJURY more often. Chihuahuas do bite a lot more often, so do poodles, but they don't maul. They don't pack hunt. They don't kill.

      Here's a highlight from the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 2000:
      "During 1997 and 1998, at least 27 people died of dog bite attacks (18 in 1997 and 9 in 1998). At least 25 breeds of dogs were involved in 238 human dog bite related fatalities during the past 20 years. Pit bulls and rottweilers were involved in over half of these fatalities and from 1997 to 1998 were involved in 67%."

      Two thirds of the time in 1997 and 1998, a dog bit fatality was either a pit bull or a rottweiler. And more than 50% of the time in the two decades prior.

      To say "many more people are bitten by chihuahua's and terriers than are bitten by any big breeds" is akin to saying "more people get paper cuts every year than gunshot wounds, so clearly paper is much more dangerous to society than gun crimes."

      Purposefully misusing statistics doesn't help your case. You'll just get caught and look stupid.

      August 25, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. Thomas

    Seems to be natural selection to me. Own a pit bull breed, it eventually kills you. Weeding out the stupid is what it's called.

    August 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rustypop58

    Without even checking, I"ll bet there are way more Labs than Pit Bulls out there. I like dogs but would never have a Pit.

    August 24, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mark P. Kessinger

    To those who say "it's not in the breed," check out the following:

    http://www.dogsbite.org/reports/dogsbite-report-us-dog-bite-fatalities-2006-2008.pdf

    According to this report, of the 88 dogbite fatalities reported in the two-year period from January 2006 through December 2008, 59% were by pit bulls, followed by 14% by Rottweilers. And yes, I've known animals of both breeds that were wonderful pets. My sister had a huge Rottie for many years , and never had a problem. But folks, the numbers don't lie.

    August 24, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Irene

    I feel terribly sorry for the poor lady. However, stop screaming "the breed". Too many American dogs are spoiled, untrained, uncontrolled and uncontrollable, loud, hysterical, obnoxious creatures compared to the dogs, say, in Europe where they are quiet (you won't last in your apartment for long with a barking dog), indifferent to strangers, trained to walk down the busy city streets without pulling, barking and bothering other dogs or humans. They also enjoy street cafes together with their owners and it does not have to be a special "pets welcome" cafe. Here that daily neighborhood barking routine can make anyone, even an animal lover like me, mad. Idiot owners who think that untrained and undisciplined dog is a happy dog should get themselves an aquarium with plastic fish and give dogs and neighbors a rest. In the canine world members of the pack need discipline and even punishments, and they also need to know their boundaries and the exact place under the Sun. Then their world remains whole and logical and then, and only then they are indeed happy and self-assured. When it comes to pit bulls, the problem 100-folds and a great breed turns into a lethal weapon.

    August 24, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      Irene....Pit bulls were bred, as the name indicates, for the "pit". They are for fighting to the death, other animals. There is no excuse that anyone can have for having one, except, to self-inflate, self-gratify, and overcome feelings of inadequacy, insufficient prowess, low intelligence, and overall lack of self-esteem. Of course, if you want to make money at the "pit" then, of course, the pit bull dog is the favored animal. If you want it for home protection, however, compare the cost of a pit bull and the cost of an alarm service and a shotgun. I submit that regardless of the state of neutering, these dogs ARE bread to kill, and should require a mandatory increase in homeowners insurance. Other than that, consider that in some counties in these United States, pit bulldogs are illegal to own. There is no civilized nor sane reason to ever own these types of dogs. Yes, I have trained successfully dogs and horses for more than 40 years. I was a canine officer. I have been a decorated, certified animal operator. I KNOW more than just the textbooks. You must face the fact that if you have one of these animals YOU are responsible for the death of those who you kill/murder. I have no sympathy for this man. I hope he remembers for the rest of his life the horror that his beautiful wife went through as she was being eaten alive, knowing that she was going to die with every bite that tore her flesh away. Remember that she could feel the pulling and the popping of the skin and muscle as the pit bull shook the flesh away from her body. This was no quick death. It was slow, horrifying, extremely painful.... I hope you rot in your old age.

      August 25, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      I completely agree with you!

      August 25, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Thor

    Pit bulls were bred, as the name indicates, for the "pit". They are for fighting to the death, other animals. There is no excuse that anyone can have for having one, except, to self-inflate, self-gratify, and overcome feelings of inadequacy, insufficient prowess, low intelligence, and overall lack of self-esteem. Of course, if you want to make money at the "pit" then, of course, the pit bull dog is the favored animal. If you want it for home protection, however, compare the cost of a pit bull and the cost of an alarm service and a shotgun. I submit that regardless of the state of neutering, these dogs ARE bread to kill, and should require a mandatory increase in homeowners insurance. Other than that, consider that in some counties in these United States, pit bulldogs are illegal to own. There is no civilized nor sane reason to ever own these types of dogs. Yes, I have trained successfully dogs and horses for more than 40 years. I was a canine officer. I have been a decorated, certified animal operator. I KNOW more than just the textbooks. You must face the fact that if you have one of these animals YOU are responsible for the death of those who you kill/murder. I have no sympathy for this man. I hope he remembers for the rest of his life the horror that his beautiful wife went through as she was being eaten alive, knowing that she was going to die with every bite that tore her flesh away. Remember that she could feel the pulling and the popping of the skin and muscle as the pit bull shook the flesh away from her body. This was no quick death. It was slow, horrifying, extremely painful.... I hope you rot in your old age.

    August 25, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
    • ace

      dude you sound like a broken record, pits were not breed as a pit fighter they were breed for hunting hogs....irene said it right any dog must know its place...as a pit owner or any breed owner you must take dog ownership and training seriously....but a n y h o w...you never know what led up to the "attack"....

      August 25, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kat

    Ok, so first of all the dog wasn't neutered, and second i watched kids who owned a pit bull and she was the sweetest thing ever. She had been abused when she was younger and her previous owners had also tried breeding her when she was too young. After all of that happened she never attacked anyone. So no. The breed does not have to play a major role in this. All of the pitbulls I have met have all been sweet and kind and have never attacked anyone. So treat them well and train them right to be loving and you won't have this problem. Plus, learn to actually get your dogs fixed and you wouldn't have an as aggressive dog.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. Susan

    I once met a 9 week old PB pup who looked at me with malice in his eyes. He was so young, but I could see that he would grow up to be a menace. I have also had the pleasure of meeting some PBs who were just lumps of love. They did not have a mean bone in their bodies. All they wanted was to cuddle and get treats. Personality makes all the difference. My neighbor had a 4 pound female Chihuahua who attacked my 20 pound mixed breed male and he had the most shocked look on his face! He did not retaliate.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Michelle

    I've had a pit bull and she was the sweetest dog ever. Never bit, growled, attacked, acted aggressive...never. She was good to all people, kids, other dogs. She was just friendly. My ex now has her. It's all in how you handle the dogs and obedience. If you don't know what you're doing with the animal, then you shouldn't own one.

    People can say the same things for dobermans, great danes, bull mastiffs, german shepards, and Rottweilers. and even smaller breeds. All of these dogs can turn on their owners at any time. You just need to know how to handle your animals. I honestly don't believe they just snap one day and go off on you. I also don't believe in the "ticking time bomb" theory. That's absolute BS. It's complete ignorance and fear that cause this.

    August 25, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Clyde M

      No, Michelle, sadly it is not. The statistics simply do not agree with your personal anecdote.

      Many of the pit bulls, for example the ones in this very story we are commenting on, showed no prior signs of aggression toward humans and were trained when they flew off the handle and killed someone. The breed IS violent by nature. We specifically bred it to be that way. Ninety percent of the pit bull horror stories start off just like yours–she was gentle, never hurt a fly, etc–and end with a dead child or loved one. I even read a story once about a pit bull breeder who bred AND trained something like 200 pit bulls successfully before one day, one turned on them and killed them.

      I'm glad that your experience was positive, but that does not change the statistical reality. No, not every pit bull will hurt some one. In fact, most won't. But statistically speaking, EVEN WHEN WELL TRAINED, they are far MORE LIKELY to kill or permanently injure someone than virtually any other breed of dog.

      August 25, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
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