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. Sjane

    Pitbulls are aggresive by nature. That is not something that can be 'trained' out of them. They were bred to be aggresive, dangerous and intimidating. The whole breed needs to be exterminated. **Raising pitbulls a certain way will never change genetics!** I am not sure what people don't understand about that. They are deadly weapons and need to be taken care of.

    August 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      Come to my neighborhood and I'll introduce you to several good natured pitbulls.

      August 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • PitBullRescuer

      Your comment shows you get your "facts" from hysterical media stories like this one. You never hear about the chihuahua's that bite their owners, or when other breeds attack. But they love to overreact when it's a Pit Bull. I have 3 pits at home that are all rescues, all of them are very sweet and would never attack me or my wife. We don't know what happened in this case, they don't even know that it was the pit bull that attacked her, or if it did if there was something wrong with it. It sounds to me like the dog was trying to protect it's owner from the first responders. Pit Bulls were originally bred to be protectors, they were known as nursemaids. It is only relatively recently that they have been used for fighting. It's not at all true that these dogs are inherantly aggressive, it is the owners that make them so. We need to quit blaming an entire breed, and hold individual owners responsible.

      August 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBiz

      Oh here we go again. Every time a pitbull mauls a human being, we always have these effn' nut jobs get on here and talk about how much these dogs are misunderstood.....How they know good people should see them as helpless there must be some crazy reason why it attacked its owner. Give me a break. These kinds of animals are genetically unstable. They can be raised however you want and one thing will cause them to snap. A pregnant woman is dead! If people want to own one of these so at your own risk.......but stop cramming the Poor helpless Pitbull advocacy crap down other people's mouths. They are unstable and unpredictable no matter what you do. It is their nature.......all dogs are genetically decendent from Wolves.

      August 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Some guy

      You don't know what you're talking about.

      August 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • PitBullRescuer

      So by your logic, since all dogs are decended from wolves, we should just ban dogs.

      August 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBiz

      Yeah because I clearly stated to ban dogs......or did you not READ that I said do so at your own risk....You idiot.

      August 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBiz

      Yeah and b4 that happens I would enjoy blowing its f'n head off with my pistol while smiling at your horrified and now terribly scared face dork

      August 12, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBiz

      You just prove my point about the type of people that stick up for the dog instead of the human....uhh....HUMAN......yeah your race......get a clue. I have nothing more to say to your moronic babbling.

      August 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • TooKrunk

      Replying to the comment about Chihuahuas, when a chihuahua bites someone it doesn't kill them.

      August 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      The small dogs actually bite more than the big's just when the bigger dog does's gonna leave a mark..

      August 12, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBiz

      Or bleed you dry till you lie in a pool of your own blood, pregnant until your husband finds you on his lunch break.....

      August 12, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry Arnold


      August 12, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Ditto to what JBiz said.

      August 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meribard

      Pitbulls are not aggressive by nature to people. In fact, the breed was bred specifically for their tolerance towards people. Unfortunately, poor handling, training or breeding practices can make the dogs unstable, as they can any dog. Also, in the case of Tellings v. City of Toledo, the court was unable to find any evidence that supported the claim that pitbulls are statistically more dangerous or bite more often than any other breed. This is fairly common knowledge as the American Veterinary Medical Association tracks these statistics yearly and publishes them. However, if this story were about a woman getting mauled by a Labrador, it wouldn't be as sensational.

      August 12, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thizz

      I can't believe how stupid people are. It all depends on how its raised. Hell people have wolves and bears as pets and they don't get mauled.

      August 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      thank you!!! You prove my point.

      August 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • PitBullRescuer

      Hey BJiz, you're an example of the kind of person who owns guns. Let's ban guns, they kill way more people than Pit Bulls. Oh wait... guns don't kill people, people kill people, let's ban them too.

      August 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      Hey Jbiz ... do some homework ... human isnt a race its a species idiot . You sit here and call people morons yet you cant distinguish the difference between a race and a species ..... whos the moron now ?

      August 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • MLRS

      I like how the pitbull thug apologists here conflate the Second Amendment with an unstable animal. We must outlaw all pitbulls. They are useless at best, and a dangerous anachronism at worst.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • megafairandsquare

      Agree with you 200%!!!!!

      August 16, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray in Vegas

      I have no problem with individuals who have no problem risking their own safety and life and want to own dangerous animals. It's when they insist that everyone else accept these animals as perfectly tame and safe that is a big problem. A wild animal is a wild animal is a wild animal. For as many stories as you hear about people owning these pets and not having been mauled, you also hear the opposite. Like Roy Horn, or the chimpanzee that attacked that ladies friend and tore her face off. One thing I always read about pit bulls and rotweillers is how important it is for the owners to maintain strong alpha dog status over these creatures. Funny thing is ... and I go into 10-20 households every week fixing computers ... owners NEVER have full control over these creatures .. they always need to be physically restrained because the dogs will not listen and I can tell from how the owners struggle that these are STRONG animals. Look, I understand that not all pits are guilty, yada yada yada ... but I would have no problem with these animals were exterminated from this planet. I'm so sick of these animals being everywhere I go and dealing with idiot owners who need to be asked to put the these beasts away when a stranger is in the house.

      August 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • lesa with an e

      They do NOT have an aggression gene! There is NO SUCH THING! They are a confident dog breed. The wrong people get them and dont know how to raise a forward thinking dog. Ive trained hundreds of dogs...all different types. The basic dog mentality is the same from small to large. You are NOT socializing your dog by taking it to one class at a pet store. Its a lot of work and understanding of the basic dog brain. People are just lazy and dont do their work....

      August 26, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      There's a perfect example of "tough by proxy" in the genius that first responded to your comment. Probably has a meth lab in his garage.

      September 3, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Canadian Genius

    I think a lot of posters need to understand simple logic. If it was all about the breed, then EVERY pitbull and rottie would be a killer – but they are not. Although the statistics show that some breeds are more likely to attack, it is not a hard fast rule. My own experience has been that the owners are a bigger factor when it comes to a dog's behavior. If you outlaw certain breeds, you might see a slight decrease in attacks, but not as much as if dog ownership was somehow restricted only to responsible owners.

    August 12, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      So glad other people see my point and it's not just's not the breed...IT'S THE OWNER!

      August 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • DianaGail

      Disagree, based on experience. I got a pitbull back in the early 80's. Held her from the day she was born so she would be familiar with our scent. Loved her, trained her, gave her lots of attention and trust. After 1 litter, had her spade. And at about the age of 3 she turned on one of my neighbors pets (flat out full charge unwarranted attack). There were no signs or concerns at all prior to whatever in her snapped. I will never have another pitbull full or mixed breed. They are engineered to be aggressive and they can/do "snap".

      August 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      I'm still gonna stick to my statement..All the pits I have ever encountered have been sweet as can be. I'm not gonna lie, there is a possibility they can flip no doubt but that's with any aggressive breed...not just pits.

      August 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeC

      Signs for you. Your pit probally had a issue with the other animal. Like pee on its territory. But I suppose its the dog huh. Never mind the fact that thousands of bites occur a yr but from the small dog breeds.

      August 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBiz

      Yeah, because maybe the "pregnant woman" didn't make the dog's food right away so he gave what she deserved right? Yep.....def her fault....not the dog. It's still a dog. No matter what kind it is.......they can be unpredictable.

      August 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      I don't think there is any reason to act matter what goes on people are going to agree and disagree with this breed. For the people who insist that these dogs are just HORRIBLE, get the hell over it and move on with your life. You don't know the breed and all you hear is how bad of a dog they are..the news it actually ALL BAD!! HELLOO where have you been the past few years..The news would never come out and say pits are a good breed but if you had one and raised it properly you would see how good of a breed they are. Grow up!

      August 12, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBiz

      Yeah you are right about those pesky small breeds.....i let my pet bobcat tear those waste of space things up for fun.

      August 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBiz

      oh ashley....dont get so wound up over things........I actually love dogs. I am just bored at work and since there are much more dog supporters in the world than not......I always take the other side to get people's a great way to entertain yourself on a friday afternoon and to see how mad people can get. Sorry.

      August 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      In fact, in Denver, where they are banned, bite statistics have gone UP. Why, because Animal Control is so busy concentrating on punishing GOOD owners, they can't concentrate on bad ones– there are plenty of loose dogs of other breeds running around biting people. This virtually proves the argument that it is all about the owner when it comes to dogs, no matter how much people can't stand it.

      August 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • JG

      How many times do you idiots have to read the exact same story before you get it? "I raised it from a puppy! It's never shown that behavior before!". All it takes is once. What will Ashley's parents say when it's a story about her getting her throat ripped out? "She loved it since it was a puppy, we'd have never thought this would happen in a million years! She loved those dogs like they were her children."

      August 16, 2011 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Ray in Vegas

      I think your logic is laughably flawed. So EVERY member of a breed needs to be a mauler or killer for you to recognize that there might be a problem? Is it that you have a problem with math? Because most things in life are about statistics. And the statistics show that HALF of all dog bit related deaths are attributed to pitt bulls and rotweillers. This may mean nothing to your black or white mind ... but the numbers are HIGHLY significant.

      August 22, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      That's the point. Pit bull owners are not responsible dog owners. You need a course in advanced logic because your simple logic ain't cutting it.

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

    I've raised pittbulls for fourteen years and have never been bitten nor has anyone adult or child!! In my opinion a dog regardless of the breed will ATTACK if it is THREATENED!! A human will also ATTACK if they feel THREATENED!! It has absolutely NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BREED!!

    August 12, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      Most people when threatened walk away or call the police. Overcrowding or overabundance of male hormones leads to fights.

      September 3, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lola

    Mike B......Then we should outlaw all dogs, all humans, all animals, they are ALL capable of killing....
    I totally agree with Ashley, it's the owners, no bad breed, only bad owners. If you go way back, pitbulls were called the "nanny" dog because they were so good with children. People just picked up on the pitbul being deadly and used it to make a profit through illegal dogfights. They gave them a bad rep, when in fact any dog breed will fight for survival, it's the HUMANS that put them in that situation to get the reaction, who should be outlawed. Any dog can go bad, Rover the family lab might have something medically wrong with him and attack Susy the families 2 year old daughter, with labs being a big breed, he could ultimately kill her before the family could stop the attack. Bigger breeds are consider dangerous mainly for their size, I wouldn't call a yorkie a deadly dog, but they might still bite you. But as long as there are ignorant people in the world that are still blaming a breed for what humans are responsible for, the pitbul will never outgrow that rep of being the WORLDS most vicious breed. It's sad what happened, but it could have happened to any person with any bigger breed dog.

    August 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      Yes!! Thank you, I could not agree with you more!! It's the owners, always has been and always will be. I have my pit in my apartment complex and everytime people come outside she is doing nothing but wagging her tail. If you socialize them and let them know it is ok. They will be more calm and happier dogs..but again it's all on who raises them. People fight them (Mike Vick) and look where he ended up and how those dogs are. That is purely on the OWNERS not the dog. A dog is trained the way you want them to be. Dogs look up to their owners. Anyone who has a dog would know that.

      August 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Really Ashley? To quote one of your comments, "Did you actually know these people? If not, you have no proof that they treated this dog well..." What proof do you have that these people treated this dog so poorly that you can make a definitive statement that there are no bad pitbulls, only BAD owners?

      August 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mortamus

    OMG this is unreal

    August 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kelly C

    I have a Rottweiler as well as are vet. and other friends, If you don't neuter males its a know fact their more aggressive, It does'nt matter what breed your dog is.It's a matter of the owners to educate themselves about any pet they choose.and taking the proper steps to know them,love them,train them-NOT ONLY FOR PEOPLES SAFETY_ FOR THE PETS SAFETY AS WELL!!!! after all pets are part of the family TOO!! ARE"NT THEY???????

    August 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Vip

    The only thing a Pit Bull is good for is this: attacking. Either use the Pit Bull breed as an attack dog for the military/police force or just ban them. Before anyone says, "Pit bulls need to be given a chance! They just need to be raised right!! You just don't know what you're talking about!!!" This story is a PRIME EXAMPLE that no matter how a Pit is raised, some of them will turn on their masters and yes, I have owned one and baby sat for another. They are loveable creatures, so is the wolverine, but they will still attack and harm/kill you.

    August 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      I think you are the one talking out your bu**. You say this is a "prime example," but you don't really know squat about this dog or the situation. The facts are undeveloped. However, I have been rescuing dogs for 10 years, many of them from highly abusive situations (because that IS what people do to pit bulls)– all of them, 50 plus dogs are all lovely, and living with children, and many with dogs and cats too. So, I think YOU don't know what you are talking about.

      August 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nonsense

    All dogs can attack if provoked. My husband just got a chunk taken out of his back by a well-raised mutt on a leash. You never know.

    August 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      OK, I should know better, but I've got to ask. What did your husband do to provoke the dog?

      August 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fred

    It's not the owner, it's the breed.
    These people treated the dog well.
    But the dog was still a pit bull, not a golden retriever, lab, or poodle.

    I trust tigers and lions as much as I trust pit bulls, based on history.

    August 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      Did you actually know these people? If not, you have no proof that they treated this dog well...all it takes is one time for an owner to do something to a dog or show it aggression and the dog will turn and react. and FYI, Poodles are mean as hell but you probably haven't come in contact with one right?

      August 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • PitBullRescuer

      I've owned lot's of different breeds of dog. The only one who ever bit me was a Golden Retriever. I still love Goldies by the way and would never think of banning the entire breed because I was bit.

      August 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • MLRS

      So moron, how many fatalities by Golden Retrievers have you read about? Now how about pitbulls? Now consider that there are more than likely ten goldens for every one pit, yet the pits are doing the majority of the killing. You and your dogs are the problem. I won't allow a pitbull to live near my house. If one moves in, the first time it's in my yard (and pit owners are generally stupid enough to let it happen) it's gone.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sam

    Funny how these idiots are quick to blame the owner. "It's never the dogs fault. It's always the owners." SMH. These "dogs" are still animals no matter how you look at it. All dogs that attack humans for no reason should be strung up and shot right between the eyes. A human life is worth more than some stupid animal

    August 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meribard

      That's definitely a matter of opinion...

      August 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sam

    Dogs don't love humans. The only thing a dog cares about is its meal ticket. You're its food supply. That's what it cares about.

    August 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      Actually they do...hence why dogs depend on their owners for love, etc. If you show them no love, that's when they get aggressive and act out. Everyone needs love and affection. HELLO! and I could say that about anything...Cats eat mice..right? Dogs do not see humans as "meat" they see us as an authority...if you raise it properly. Great pit..sweetest thing alive and know for a fact she would never do anything. I have always put my foot down to her and she knows when I tell her something she better do it. I am the parent and she fiance..not as much...he just plays with her constantly and when he goes to tell her something she just does's b/c he never put his foot down and showed authority..if you let a dog walk over you they will..and they do whatever they want..just like a child.

      August 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      I never said dogs look at as as food. They look at us as the method they get fed. Dogs are animals and all animals care about is food and reproducing. Please give me scientific PROOF that dogs can love. Show me evidence because I can show you evidence where a dog will do anything for a tasty treat

      August 12, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      They obviously are not an animal lover...b/c if you were then you would know first hand..anything can love if it gets affection and is shown love..and I'd love to see it...

      August 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • JG

      WOW ashley, now it all makes sense. You're so desperate for love from any source that you'll convince yourself that a stupid beast feels any sort of love towards you. That dog is going to kill you eventually.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. MikeC

    i own a pit. And i also own a chocolate lab. Funny how the lab is more intimidating when people come over. i would like to see the results of the autopsy. Bet you there is foul play involved.

    August 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley


      August 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Yes because labs and pits have similar temperaments. Lol@ this guy

      August 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      how the hell u figure labs and pits have same temperaments?

      August 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Heather

    If humans can become mentally ill and dangerous, why are we surprised when it happens to dogs? As species we both eat similarly processed diets and live in the same habitats. I've heard the saying, "there's no such thing as a bad dog, only bad owners" but that seems pretty short sighted. My guess is that mental illness runs more commonly in pit bulls so while most are safe, there's a far higher risk of being injured by one than another breed. If a dog becomes aggressive, it needs to be looked into immediately, the same as would be done with a human.

    August 12, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Canadian Genius

    Ontario has had a pitbull ban for years. Here is an article about the results.–pit-bull-ban-hasn-t-cut-dog-bites

    August 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |

    I HEARD... that the husband had a mask of his wife made and would put on the mask and beat the dog...

    August 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
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