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. kathy

    A Pitt just mauled a 2 week old baby in Cypress, TX, NO ONE thought that would happen either..the dang dogs are dangerous, period

    September 4, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dale

    As a dog trainer and one who pet sits and boards dogs I have never had an issue with a pit bull. I find them very intelligent and eager to please and with a little training can make wonderful pets. I take care of six labs and almost all of them are more likely to snap at another dog or person than the pit bulls I watch. I once asked my Vet which dogs he considers the most dangerous and he said Chows are the ones that have bitten him the most. I also find Chows to be protective of their owners to the point where they can often be dangerous to be around for anyone else. Not neutering the pit bull was a big mistake, most dog attacks are from dogs not neutered. Usually the biggest mistake people make with with their puppies (of all kinds) is not to properly socialize them. Dogs that are not properly socialized are far more likely to develop aggression issues. Unfortunately, many pit bull owners do not do this and it will often cause problems down the road. So I agree it's more the fault of the owner (most of the time) than it is of the dog with aggression issues.

    September 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. infonomics

    CNN live on the scene with the latest pit bull attack.

    After 10,000,000 fatalities from pit bull attacks, pit bull owners are still skeptical of the charges made against the breed.

    CNN reporter: "Your comments, sir."
    Pit bull owner: "10,000,000 is just not convincing."
    CNN reporter: "Sir, 10,000,000 is the size of a major metropolitan city."
    Pit bull owner: "Oh, yea, what city?"
    CNN reporter: "Say, Chicago, for example."
    Pit bull owner: "Whatever, don't they have a lot of wind in Chicago?"
    CNN reporter: "What?"
    Pit bull owner: "See, I baffled you with one reply."
    CNN reporter: "Back to CNN headquarters, please, please, now."
    CNN reporter mutters to himself (unaware that microphone is still on): My god, sometimes it is difficult to distinguish the owner from the dog.

    September 5, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. infonomics

    CNN live on the scene with the latest pit bull attack.

    After 10,000,000 fatalities from pit bull attacks, pit bull owners are still skeptical of the charges made against the breed.

    CNN reporter: "Your comments, sir."
    Pit bull owner: "10,000,000 is just not convincing."
    CNN reporter: "Sir, 10,000,000 is the size of a major metropolitan city."
    Pit bull owner: "Oh, yea, what city?"
    CNN reporter: "Say, Chicago, for example."
    Pit bull owner: "Whatever, don't they have a lot of wind in Chicago?"
    CNN reporter: "What?"
    Pit bull owner: "See, I baffled you with one reply."
    CNN reporter: "Back to CNN headquarters, please, please, now."
    CNN reporter mutters to himself (unaware that microphone is still on): My god, sometimes it is difficult to distinguish the owner from the dog.

    September 5, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kcat

      The neighbor said the victim was a good pit owner and her dogs minded her. I hear that often. That shows these dogs can snap at any moment.

      There should be a special license required to own a dangerous dog, especially a fighting breed such as the pit or chow, or a guard breed. These dogs DO have aggressive NATURES and they require an experienced, responsible guardian, not the "bad boy" tattooed "misunderstood" idiots who own and breed pit bulls in their back yard. You can't apply the same rules to all dogs because they have a breed nature as well as an individual temperaments. Pits are more dangerous because of 1) their owners tend to be idiots who see the dog as a reflection of themselves and 2) They are bred for fighting and their jaws lock. Those who believe it is "nurture" not nature need to snap back to reality. It is both, but bottom line, you can't take the bull out of the pit. If the "dog people" want to retain any credibility, they should support controlling dangerous dogs by controlling who can own them.

      September 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • notconvinced

      Why do you think it supports your argument to just make up nonsense? 34 people were killed by dogs in 2010. That's all breeds, not just pit bulls. I'm not sure one could make the argument that the American people are currently being massacred by pit bulls with 10000000 victims and counting. I found a source which reported that in 1990 214 people were killed by horses. At the very least we should take out these deadly grass munching, hoofed ninjas first since they're racking up bodies at more than 6 times the rate of dogs.

      I'm not going to try to convince you that pit bulls are good dogs, but you're not going to impress me by simply typing large but completely meaningless numbers.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ameisen

    The disproportionate number of attacks are not due to breed aggression, but due to the fact that people who train dogs to be aggressive tend to train pit bulls because of their reputation. Positive feedback loop.

    September 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • in the know

      Many breeds are trained to be aggressive but rarely kill their owners, or anyone they happen to come in contact with. Just don't act surprised when you get a pit bull and it kills you or some neighbors kid,,, like you didn't see it coming.

      September 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wake Up

    Greg Napora needs to go to jail for murder, and that's what should happen to any pit bull owner whose pit bull kills somebody. The breed should be outlawed and systematically exterminated.

    September 5, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. crazycatman

    There's no such thing as a vicious pit bull. Just ask any owner. "Why, that's the sweetest, mellowest little puppy you'll ever see. He wouldn't bite a hamburger." Yeah, right.

    September 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kcat

    To all of you who blame the husband for having the dogs: Did you consider that his wife was the owner of the dogs too? That she probably was the primary caretaker of the dogs? That perhaps she might have made the decision to keep the dogs despite her pregnancy? Sometimes people make stupid decisions together? Let the man grieve. There's no need to call for his imprisonment. Trust me, he has suffered the worst penalty he possibly could.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Frank

    People of the United States of America,
    First, my condolences to the family.Look,how many states in this country do not have the Death penalty for covicted murders, alot. Send the dog to Afganistan to be trained to kill for the U.S. Special Forces.Killing the dog is not going to bring this women back.

    September 5, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Susan Clary

    A good news organization would do a follow up on this story. You put someone in the paper, you take them out. As we understand the pitbull was actually protecting it's owner. Please do the right thing and write another article. It has been weeks.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. Andy

    You never hear of a golden retriever found over the bloody body of a pregnant woman.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Very true. People say that it all depends on the owner and how well the dog is treated, but the thirst of blood is bred into them. They were originally bred to hunt wild bore and to not let go of them. I would NEVER trust a pitbull. Period.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dutch

    It had not been neutered.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kingofthenet

    ALL dogs occasionally act 'Bad' small Dogs bare their little teeth and try to take a nip out of you, larger Dogs do the same but usually its a warning.These Dogs go to town, and don't back down from a fight. To me it's to much of a risk unless you are a Dog Training Expert, get something loving and Fun and drop the Macho BS.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Patrick Richardson

    This sort of thing seems to happen a lot with pit bulls. Over the past year I have read several stories about this breed attacking and ending the life of family children and neighborhood children. So I would think that any family that owns a pit bull is putting their children at risk. Adults can put themselves at risk all they want but when I read about this happening to a child because people make this bloodthirsty pooch a pet,well I guess then people will start realizing there are better and safer man's best friend to bring home to the family. Leave the pit bulls and similar breeds for the police and military.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. shox

    These animals are vile, and often so are the owners. The only reason people parade around with pitbulls is because they know the public are fearful, and are compensating for their own inferiority complex.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
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