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. JClarke

    Vicky: If the National Canine Research Council says "There is not a single case of a fatal dog attack by a spayed/neutered pit bull type dog," then the Council's information is incorrect. A woman in Florida named Tina Canterbury was killed by her two neutered pit bulls in Florida in October 2007. I'm sure there are others. You cannot trust dog-oriented organizations to disseminate reliable information about dogs because the purpose of these organizations is to promote and save dogs at all costs, even if means placing human beings (including children) in grave danger.

    August 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • your worst nightmare

      Just like you cant trust the media to publish anything but bully breed hate. Get over it you dont like pit bulls dont get one. Dont be around them.. Go hide under a rock for all I care.

      August 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • katie w

      Pitbulls are UGLY sick frickin monsters! Hope that cities nationwide outlaw them. Furthermore, I hope that pitbull owners AND breeders get wrapped up in so many legal problems they end up drinking their own pizz for nurishment!

      August 12, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leigh

      Katie W I bet you are an ugly sick monster yourself. Don't judge these animals.

      August 12, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • JClarke

      your worst nightmare: Unfortunately, it isn't easy to avoid people's monster pit bulls. They come into people’s yards, they attack people walking on the sidewalk, on school grounds, they have even been known to run inside people's homes. And instead of posting foolishness about dogs - which you know absolutely NOTHING about! - you should be taking an adult education class in English grammar!

      August 12, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MV

    All Pit Bulls should be put down! I hate hearing owners of Pits talk about how nice their dog is~!~~

    August 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • your worst nightmare

      Too bad you cant be put down.

      August 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • MV IS S MORON

      MV should be put down. I get tired of hearing about how all pitbulls are dangerous and should be put down. Save the human race please and do yourself in.

      August 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      You sound like a pansy from Marin county.

      August 12, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nick

    Stupid people shouldn't own dogs like this. Learn how to control a dog like a potbull before you own one. They are a breed designed to babysit children, people abuse them and don't train them properly. As for timd, not everyone who owns a putbull is a thug, moron. They are popular among wanna be gangsters because when they are trained wrong they are mean. Not everyone who owns a Pitt is a thug, I for one am not a thug and I own two of them, both spayed, both the most caring dogs you will ever meet, because I can train them the right way.

    August 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • JClarke

      A "breed designed to babysit children"????? Where in the name of all that's holy did you get such an idea? Pit bulls were "designed" to fight and kill other dogs, just as beagles were designed to hunt rabbits, border collies to herd animals, retrievers to retrieve, etc. The ridiculous "nanny dog" claim, which has become the Holy Grail of pit nutters – was taken from a remark made by the president of a pit bull organization back in 1971. There was nothing to back up such an idiot claim then and there isn't now. Furthermore, I find it astonishing that in one breath, pit nutters claim pit bulls are “nanny dogs,” but any time a pit bull kills or maims a child, they immediately blame the parents for not “supervising” the child. I’m still waiting for a pit nutter to explain why parents should supervise a child around a dog “designed to babysit children”!

      August 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      I've had a putbulls since I was 1 year old lol it would sit by my crib and go get my mom or dad whenever I started crying. Never once did it attack me or anyone else in my family. I've had 4 since then and none of them have attacked anyone in my neighborhood(surrounded by kids I might add). My 2 now will go out and play with the kids in my neighborhood. Train a Pit and it won't matter. Don't blame the parents for not watching the kid, blame them for being morons who don't know how to train a bully breed dog properly. A dog is almost a 100% reflection of their owner and training. More golden retrievers fail aggretion test that pits do. Stop eating what the media Feeds you and own one for yourself, until you do do tell me they are bad dogs.

      August 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • richard

      Pitbulls were not "made" to fight. They are a dig derived from a staffordshire terrier and a bull terrier. The breed was used to herd and protect the cattle. There is no real pure bred pitbull. The breed will always be misunderstood by the general population. They are a breed that needs loving and loyal owners. All they want to do is love and protect there family.
      We have a staffordshire terrier and an American pitbull terrier. They are stayed and nuetered and raised with our 4 children. Our dogs our a big part of our family and they are raised that way. Not just pets or show pieces.
      If you don't like the breed, maybe research them before you open your mouths and not your minds.

      August 12, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      JClarke, where did YOU get such an idea? At least educate yourself on the breed before you make a fool of yourself spouting nonsense. Listen to Richard. He knows what he's talking about!

      August 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ChristianMind

    Obviously the husband did this. Great cover up job!

    August 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cara

      Pathetic!!! Those dogs are not trustworthy. If they were then we wouldn't hear stories like this.

      August 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • joscor

      @JClarke. Ever heard of punish the deed not the breed? Most of these sensationalized stories are attributed to ignorant people like you who fuel the flames. You shouldn't trust children unsupervised with any breed. Don't you know all dogs came from wolves? There are many breeds out there attacking people but the media targets pits because they are easy targets. Socialize your pets and love them. The owners are the real issue. Something about this story doesn't add up though.

      August 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. GeoBoy

    I know that if you do not have gun or a big knife you are not going mess with a two year old un-nutterd male bit bull.

    Sounds like the investigation will tell all.

    My guess is that she got between the two dogs and the two year old turned on her.

    Poor woman ... Nobody deserves that!

    August 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nancy

    Has anyone considered the husband killed his wife and made it look like the dog did it???? You never know... Something just doesn't make sense!

    August 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • people first

      you're on to something Nancy ! after all, we ve never heard of a pitbull senselessly killing a human. Maybe OJ did it.

      August 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • the Strawboss

      Perhaps you failed to read the part where the dog charged the 1st responders? It's awfully cynical to read about a woman covered in dog bites, a dog covered in blood, and then arbitrarily suspect the husband.

      August 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RaoulDuke

    Tragic. Pit bulls are 4-legged time bombs.

    August 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. people first

    everytime a pit bull kills a child or adult for NO REASON, the dog lovers circle the wagons with all their folklore of how safe pitbulls are. pathetic

    August 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. David

    I would have grabbed that dog by the collar In one hand and in the other my shot gun and blow the dogs head off

    August 12, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jo

    Nancy and PeopleFirst has a good point, there certainly is more to this story! Pit bulls don't bite dozens of times, they bite and hold on.

    August 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Payton

      It true. Pit bulls don't bite multiple times. They bite one time and shake. I'm not sure if this is the whole story, and as for the breed I have had several my whole life and have never been bitten or attacked. The one thing about Pit Bulls is that they are overtly protective and more loyal to their masters than most breeds which is why its so odd that it allegedly killed its owner. Something just doesn't seem right here...

      August 12, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark Yelka

    People who own pit bulls have a dark side to their personalities. And, the dark side of pit bulls is hard to predict. But, it is predictable that pit bulls are more likely to kill humans than other breeds. They spun the wheel and lost.

    August 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. slider

    Obama was asked about this and he blamed it on Bush.

    August 12, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Meli

    People keep saying to ban pits... do you forget she was the owner? She wanted this dog and if you want a dog in your home then you need to know the risks. Its not like this dog got out and killed a child on the street. It is tragic that it happened in the first place, but she had the dog in her home, she must have known how strong it was. And to all who want to ban pits... how many pits are in this country that go their whole lives fine without hurting anyone? Way more then what gets put out there on the news. I got bite by a 30 pound terrier/lab mix when I was a kid, it does not matter what breed it is, it matters how it was raised and if the dog feel cornered, they will react!

    August 12, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Whitney

    Omg people it's all about how you train your dog. I have two of them and they aren't mean at all! It's all about how you raise them. If you raise them mean then they will be mean,plain and simple!!

    August 12, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Agreed. Morons shouldn't own pits. I own 2 myself and they are the least aggressive dogs I've owned, bar none

      August 12, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • ConnieM

      Ya right Whitney and you weren't smokin' crack with Bobbie Brown either! People like you is why we have this problem.

      August 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jay

    Any animal capable of killing it's owner should not be a pet.

    August 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leigh

      Jay I guess you should kill cats, ban knives, ladders, guns cars and anything else that could kill it's owner.

      August 12, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
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