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. Jenna

    Pibulls are not a naturally mean dog, ask any vererinarian, however they do possess the jaw type that is incredibly damaging to victims. I'd be willing to bet there is something wrong with the animal. If they had this dog as a puppy then there's no natural reason for it to have snapped. I repeat, pits are not naturally mean. Rotties are, pits, no.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John John

    No NORMAL person owns a pit-bull. That old song about there not being bad dogs is bull. If you think pit-bulls make good pets, you need to get your head examined. I don't play with dynamite just because it is "safe without a spark". Pit bulls KILL and that is what they are bread for – end of story.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustHuman1951

      Thank you for your end of story. P.S.: I don't play Russian Roulette just 'cause i have a five out of six chance of winning....

      August 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucin

      Really? you breed pits?

      No?

      OH, guess you don't know what they are bred for then.

      September 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brendan R.

    What no one is addressing here is the pitbull's metal capacity – They are not the smartest dog breed by a long shot (that's why you never see them in public service as work animals, too dumb to train completely and properly). Pitbulls are a bad breed because of this factor. People still get them as an ego-satisfying move, thinking it makes them 'bad' to have one. Much like a machine gun or a motorcycle, if you don't completely understand it inside and out you are bound to get hurt,.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucin

      I know several people who use pits as service dogs. I also know a dog trainer who specifically trains pits as service dogs.

      September 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Martinez74

    From the American Humane Association – "Approximately 92% of fatal dog attacks involved male dogs, 94% of which were not neutered"
    From personal experience – Unneutered male dogs hit about 1.5-2.5 yrs and they are more likely to become aggressive, especially with an incompetent owner. I once told a man before he moved to NYC to neuter his rotty because it was going to bite someone. He called me a year later trying to say I had cursed him because his dog had bitten 3 people in a short span of time. It wasn't a curse it was an obsevation he had no control over his animal. Unfortunately people sometime bite off more than they can chew when selecting a pet. If you have little to no experience start out by checking out your local shelter and asking the employees what might mesh with your lifestyle, personality and experience.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. wow another one

    How many people have to be killed before everyone wakes up. Pit bulls are dangerous dogs and need to be treated as such. I can show you warm and cuddly pictures of grizzly bears, polar bears, panda bears, lions, etc etc. that doesn't make them any less dangerous.Why should everyone suffer because pit bull owners think its " Cool ". You want to own one then there should be special licensing to keep them and a nice fat extra million dollar policy to have on hand just in case cutie pie decides to turn bad dog.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      ANY breed of dog is just as capable, they just seem to report it more when it is a pit bull.

      August 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary ann

      How untrue your statement is! Any dog of any breed should be treated as if they would attack! Pitt Bulls if treated properly and have the right amount of attention (as they are high maintenance dogs) are fine to be around and are great family dogs. As said before any breed of dog can turn for any reason NOT just pitt bulls.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      Your ignorance is evident, no further comment required.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mabel

      Pit bull defenders are either sick or stupid or both.

      September 1, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • aardman

      Any dog can be just as dangerous as a pit bull? Heck no! If a chihuahua or dachshund tries to attack me, I bet I'll be able to defend myself more easily and survive that attack.

      September 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hmmm

    I'm not saying there aren't aggressive dogs because as a vet tech I have seen it all from chihuahuas that will chew your fingers off, jack-russells that will launch at your face to rotties that will tear you apart. And I have also seen the sweet side of them too. Having them spayed / neutered, the right training, the right owner, history of abuse and not to mention bad genes have a lot of influence in a canines behavior. I'm not excusing this pet's attack at all but God knows if he had bad habits that his owner couldn't control. It's unfortunate what happened. Any aggression any of my pets would show to myself or children i will put him down. Also, there are different dogs for everyone. Not everyone can read their pets behavior and not everyone can train a pitbull. I have one I should kno. We had him since he was a puppy, he's 9, lives with a 9 yr old poodle (who bites him if he sniffs her butt lol), my toddler, my six year old, my husband and I. He has never showned aggression towards us. He does protect us tho but we are responsible pet owners.

    August 31, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Hmmm

      Remember this: Just like us humans NOT all dogs are the same!

      August 31, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      Until he turns and locks his jaws on your toddler and then it's too late! Why take a chance with a breed that has shown it's unpredictability time and time again?? Would you really sacrifice another life to prove a point?

      August 31, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      Oh Lord Veronica, PB's dont have locking jaws!

      August 31, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    A dog is as good, or bad as it is raised... not a lot different than kids... and sometimes you end up with one that has issues, either from how it was raised, or just plain nutty in the head... this is ALL dogs, Pit bulls have a horrible Rep because of how they have been raised and used over the years, but I know some very nice, very sweet Pits.

    What about the people that raise kids that grow up to do bad things... shouldn't we put them all down??? lol

    The pure ignorance of people is a great example of why we have so many problems!

    August 31, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. hulagan

    Canine bill of rights?
    Abuse of a dog should be a forfeiture of the privilege to own one for ten years to life.
    All canine breeds should be licensed and insured.
    Periodic proof should be submitted that the breed is in fact being used for it's intended / approved use, in appropriate environs.
    Owner paid, regular inspections of the animals environs and vet/spay-neuter, dependent upon a review of application by the owner, to allow for a special exception.
    A record of the time the owner has spent vs. pledged / required to spend with the animal.
    Exorbitant fines for illegal breeding / ownership and the improper use of breed.
    Special training for children canine interaction. Non present owner or parent, not versed in child canine interaction should be illegal .
    Owners should need proof of training their particular breed in the proper environment, as well as general animal husbandry.
    The improper care of canine waste should result in fines or loss of canine ownership privileges in gross or extreme cases.
    If a canine attacks and injures a person or maims a domestic animal, the owner should be open for a criminal liability charge if enough evidence exists to warrant a case of owner negligence , and the animal put down.
    It is my belief that most dog owners are violating the animals rights, as well as dishonoring the intended use of the breed, regardless of how happy the owner, "thinks" the animal is, as they are bred to be this way.
    Dogs are special animals, that we are responsible for, as their existence would not be, without our creating them, through breeding.
    We owe this to them and if you truly respect others, love or need canines, all of the above would be easily met, understood and welcomed.
    Dogs are to be enjoyed for the animals own enjoyment first, of it's life and fulfillment of intended role, as reward for service to it's owner.

    Owning a dog is not a right, it is a privileged liability in many of the same ways as automobiles and security weaponry, etc. are.

    Thank You.

    August 31, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      You're living in a dream world where everyone values dogs as equal to human beings, where unlimited resources among pet owners abound, and where all the dogs in the world have an unlimited number of loving homes with dedicated canine servants at their disposal. I'm all for the proper treatment of animals, but that 'proper treatment' does not involve the fascist Big Brother home monitoring you're suggesting. Get a reality check. NO ONE but an insane person would put themselves through what you describe above in order to own an animal of any kind.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      Just like people, you can't tell by looking at them what they might be capable of. This dog was raised from a puppy and turned on it's owner...get a clue.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Military Wife

      How about you get right on that....Then come over and take my dog because I will NEVER do those things in order to have him. While I love him I am not going to have people randomly stopping by to check out these rules and make sure I am following them. How would we pay for all of this anyway? We can barely run a proper Child Protective Services with funding, training, and appropriate action being taken. How do you propose we put dogs at the same level as monitoring our children. How about we deal with them first and you can have all the dogs and we can come to your house and make sure you are doing all of said rules and you can pay us out of your pocket.

      August 31, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angel

      It's a good thing we have similar strict laws when it comes to parenting as poorly raised children do more harm per year then all the breeds of poorly raised dogs combined. Oh, wait....

      Pitbulls should not be allowed in many homes, just like children.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy Joe Bob George Junior

      You MUST be a democrat.... Why don't you have the government give you an enima before you can by a dog too. What an idiot.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terri

      That would be nice, but with that kind of standard, no one would ever own a dog. Not on this planet, anyway.

      September 1, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. liz

    Sorry to say this, but it's better that it happened to her than someone else. She chose to have that monster, she paid the ultimate price. These dogs should not be allowed to live. They are too dangerous.

    August 31, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angel

      Sadly, I agree. It doesn't mean my heart doesn't go out to the family, but I'm glad that the dog didn't attack someone who had nothing to do with the dog. What a shame, though. I'm sure they never thought it would happen to them.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kate

    Any dog can attack you at any time, no matter what breed it may be. A lot of times dogs bite because they are being provoked or they feel that they have to defend themselves. Not always, but many times. Also, by not having the dog neutered you are taking a big risk because if they are not fixed they will begin to exhibit agressive behavior/tendencies and it's only a matter of time before they turn on someone. Pitbulls get a bad reputation because we commonly see them being picked up by the police who are breaking up dog fighting rings. I've known a lot of pit bulls and a lot of them are the sweetest dogs I've ever known. A big reason that these animals get a bad reputation is because they get abused by people who never should've had dogs to begin with and are not responsible owners. A lot of these dogs are rehabilitated properly and the ones that shelters feel can't be will be euthanized. And to people who say that we should put all pitbulls down, you are ignorant and probably haven't the slightest clue as to how animals behave. Not to mention, you shouldn't own a pet to begin with. Biting is not exclusive to this breed and any dog can bite you. By properly taking care of your pet and treating it with love and respect, you can do your best to minimize the bad behavior. This woman's death while tragic may very well have been preventable if they had only had the dog fixed.

    August 31, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. angie

    Have they done an autopsy on the wife yet? It is possible that the cause of death was not the dog and that the dog was attempting (in its animal way) to wake the lady up. It's happened before. Know the facts of the case before jumping on the "evil" dog bandwagon. There aren't any evil dogs just incompetent/stupid owners (don't leave an infant alone with any dog). You think you can just leave your dog alone outside and for hours and never have any behavioral issues. Then wonder why the dog is aggressive or a chewer or destroys your house. These dogs need attention and exercise and if they don't get it they can go neurological just like a human can.

    August 31, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angel

      I don't think it is an "evil" dog, but I do think it is a dangerous dog. These dogs were selectively bred to have unbelievable jaw strength and are known for their deep bites, shaking, ripping muscle, and not releasing. I don't think the point is the Pitbull "evil" or does it harm more than other breeds, but that *if* it chooses bite how much more vicious it's attack can be. No one could deny this, could they? Sharks are not "evil" fish but, I would think most of us could recognize the difference between swimming with a guppy or a shark. Why is a Pitbull viewed differently (especially when I'd say the bite is likely as vicious)? I'm all for regulating Pitbull ownership. The dog is a beatiful dog, but most owners should not own one.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ross

      she stabbed herself to death, and the dog washed the knife, put it back in the drawer so the husband wouldn't think less of her.

      September 1, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. RSTLNE

    To all those posting here saying that all pit bulls are bad dogs, that is absolutely wrong. There are some dogs of any breed who will go bad, or actually insane sometimes due to bad breeding. There are other dogs who will turn bad due to abuse or neglect. Pit bulls have been bred for aggression for many years, just like Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Dobermans. This means that they are dogs meant for work, not cuddling. These dogs need special training and a lot of exercise and attention. If you want a dog for companionship, most often it is best to get a smaller breed unless you have experience with one of the aggressive breeds. There are many good reasons to have a Pit Bull, German Shepherd or Doberman (or other large, aggressive breed) – just as long as you get/give them excellent training, a lot of attention, and never take that animal for granted. I speak from prior experience working at a veterinary office for a few years, and also owning a few dogs along the way. I love dogs – they are absolutely wonderful as long as they have the right training and care.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ryan Wilkins

    Dogs don't kill people. Irresponsible dog owners kill people.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Natasha

    A pet is only as good as it's owner.

    People saying pitbulls are all the same (or whatever the heck they're trying to say) is like saying all humans should be killed and we shouldn't be allowed to breed because SOME of us turn out to be mass murderers, or even just a murderer in general.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Terri

    I understand that any dog can attack, but pit bulls were bred specifically for that purpose and have a much greater chance of aggression because it is in their genes. I agree that pit bull ownership should have some kind of restrictions. I know they are often very sweet, but they are an animal and not to be trusted....especially around a child.

    September 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
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