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. dog lover

    I have seen pit bulls in action. Uncontrollable by even their loving owners. Pit bulls are the product of bad breeding. Bred to enhance strength as well as single minded blind obsession to kill once its attack instincts are triggered. Other dogs, domestic animals, people are victims. Sadly, children are most often victims due to size and playful movements which arouse the dogs killer instinct. Many pitbulls are owned by irresponsible young men who believe they make them look macho.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. scott

    Pit Bulls are far more likely to be involved in this kind of incident...period.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sillypeople

    is it just me or does it seem like pitbulls are almost always involved in serious attacks/deaths... I don't know all the stats, but from a casual observer it would seem that these people are essentially bringing a loaded weapon into their homes with a Pit Bull and are all surprised and asking "how could this happen", when these dogs where not bred to be lap dogs... Just saying. And just to clarify for the short bus folks, I dont think these dogs are to blame, i blame the owners for being idiots.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sillypeople

    And I wonder if this owner will look at his other pit bull differently now that it has cost him so much. Darwinism at its finest

    September 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sillypeople

    OMG did you all just hear a chocolate lab just devoured a baby in central park....

    September 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • superhamster

      There's another story about a Pekingese in Dallas who fatally attacked a trio of runners. Terrible!

      September 2, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Schmutz

      I don't believe it at all. Labs are harmless unless tortured or teased. SHOW ME THE STORY!!!!!

      September 5, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pragmaclast

    That's what you get for keeping an un-neutered pit bull. Spay and neuter your dogs, idjits.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. poopscicle

    god has a plan for everyone, even if its to get mauled to death by a pitbull. DO NOT QUESTION GOD! RIP, lady.

    September 1, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. socaldave2011

    That's why I have two cats...I don't think they have ever tried to kill me......although they may be plotting.......

    September 2, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mystic

    The only reall tragedy is that she was pregnant. The rest is just Darwinism.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Actually, that's the definition of Darwinism.

      September 2, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Less Than Human

    My boyfriend and I recently saved a pit bull from a terrible life. The owner got him, was out on the street trying to trade him for drugs. We gave him some beer and cash and saved the life of that poor animal. He was spouting something about his fighting lines, his breeding, and what not, all lies. He kept the poor puppy, not 16 weeks old, in a garage locked in a crate during mid summer. He sometimes threw out scraps, but didn't feed the dog any kibble. His stomach was bloated, due to parasites. Most of his baby teeth had rotted out of his mouth. Had we not saved him he would have either become a bait dog because he had a friendly demeanor, or died from parvo or malnutrition. The problem is not DOGS, it is HUMANS.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • superhamster

      Be careful, or we'll be reading about you soon.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      no, it is called genetics. These dogs have been breed for this type of action and look what happened. Pass a law to stop breeding these type of dogs and let their type die out

      September 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeInMaine

      The dog that killed this woman wasn't mistreated. It was bred for aggression. Its genetics. I think if you own a dog like this you should always have a knife or a gun on you.

      September 3, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      So right you are. It's humans that breed dogs without normal dominance and pack behaviors that kill even when the other dog submits. We are surprised when they kill humans?

      September 3, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. Eric

    Pits are responsible for as much as 66% of all dog attacks – they should be outlawed and I will fight to keep all of them away from me and my family. I love dogs and respect them but Pits ARE NOT trustworthy.

    http://dogbitelaw.com/images/pdf/breeds-causing-DBRFs.pdf

    September 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • URdumb

      That's not even remotely true. Small dogs are more prone to biting, attacking, and general behavioral problems. It's just that no one cares when a chihuahua bites someone. Read this link Eric Ignorant: http://www.nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/blog/new-study-finds-banned-breeds-no-more-aggressive-than-any-others/
      And have any of you who condemn the breed discovered yet that the lady fell off a ladder and hit her head, after which her loving pit bull tried to wake her up by nudging her (and consequently stepping in blood)? The story is 3 weeks old morons.

      September 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      66%? Where'd you pull that number out of? Absolutely, not even close to being correct! I couldn't even read the rest of your post...

      For people like me, who love dogs in general, pittbulls are great dogs. This behavior is not normal for a pittbull. I know that there is something very important that we are not getting. I'm sure of it. Pitts have the size and body structure to be dangerous to humans, as do many other breeds of dog. Many breeds of dog that are much smaller would have much, much worse reputations than pittbulls if they were physically able... I know I can't convince you and those like you, but I had to try. I can't stand people who fight dogs. My pittbull is 11 years old, and he has never fought another dog past a quick tussle that was seperated quickly. He's the best dog you could ask for. His name is BOSS. <3 pits

      September 2, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      its probably more than 66% cause you know how many reports of labradors and poodles you hear about killing people or severely hurting people. stop breeding these dogs

      September 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. peter

    Darwinism at it's finest. People know how dangerous pit bulls are, but they still think it would never happen to them. Would you risk the life of your loved one just to have a certain kind of dog?

    September 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. john

    Pit Bulls are not pets.
    They are and always
    have been wild animals.

    Need more proof?

    September 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tim

    "and no reason to expect the dog to attack someone" Other than it was an un-neutered male pit bull. Pit bull owners are some of the most ignorant, rationalizing people I ever talk to. How many is it going to take before we pass a "shoot on sight" law for the damn things?

    September 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tom

    Of course the pro Pit bull owners will say these comments and other like mine are "ignorant" but when do you hear of Labradors, Great Danes or really any other type of dog attacking people in this manner.

    Just make it a law not to be able to breed them anymore and in 10-15 years they will die off, there is nothing terrible about allowing a particular breed of dog cease to breed due to the consistent problems related to it.

    People have pit bulls mostly to put on an image of modern hip toughness. they are no better pets than any other breed, it is just part of the modern facade of a faddish type of pet is all and ever will be

    September 2, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeInMaine

      A coworker of mine was attacked by the family lab. In hindsight they realized that it had been suffering from periods of confusion. It was during one of these periods that it attacked the family. The father put himself between the dog and family allowing the children to escape to safety. However, the father has severe muscle and tendon damage to his forearms from fighting off the dog. The dog was put down. There is no doubt in anyone's mind that if the father hadn't been there, the mother and children could have been killed.

      Any dog can attack and many can kill humans, especially children. But pit bulls and rots are the worst.

      "The Clifton study of attacks from 1982 through 2006 produced similar results. According to Clifton study, pit bulls, Rottweilers, Presa Canarios and their mixes were responsible for 65% of the canine homicides that occurred during a period of 24 years in the USA. (Clifton, Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to November 13, 2006;" http://dogbitelaw.com/dog-bite-statistics/the-breeds-most-likely-to-kill.html

      September 3, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
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