When Darla Napora’s husband, Greg, left for work Thursday morning, he didn’t know it would be the last time he’d see his wife alive.
By noon, though, Greg Napora returned to their Pacifica home to find his wife’s pregnant body laying in the front part of the house. She was not breathing. She had been mauled to death by the couple’s 2-year-old pit bull.
Police arrived at the home in the 500 block of Reina Del Mar Ave. about 12:15 p.m. and found the victim with “major trauma. [She] was not breathing or responsive,” Pacifica police Capt. Dave Bertini said.
Officers initiated CPR and other lifesaving measures, but were unsuccessful.
Greg Napora told police the male pit bull attacked his wife after he had gone to work. The dog was not neutered, according to police.
The pit bull had been secured in the backyard of the residence while police were investigating the death. While personnel were tending to the victim, the dog escaped from the backyard and approached first responders on scene, according to police. Officers then shot the dog three times, killing it.
Pacifica police have not had to deal with a fatal dog mauling in at least two decades, Bertini said.
“We’ve had plenty of attacks, but we’ve never had a death — at least in 25 years,” he said.
But fatal attacks by pit bulls and similar breeds have been common in the Bay Area.
In 2001, Diane Whipple was mauled to death by two Presa Canario dogs. In 2010, 2-year-old Jacob Bisbee was mauled to death by three of his family’s five pit bull terriers at his Concord home.
In 2005, 12-year-old Nicholas Faibish was killed at home by his family’s pet pit bulls.
That death prompted a national outcry and spurred a law that makes it illegal to own an unaltered pit bull or pit bull mix in San Francisco. Pit bull owners also are required to obtain a permit from The City’s Animal Care and Control in order to breed the dogs.
Examiner Staff Writer Andrea Koskey contributed to this report.
Recent Bay Area pit bull attacks:
Thursday, Pacifica: Pit bull attacks and kills 32-year-old pregnant woman
June 3, Rohnert Park: Pit bull attacks security guard as teens try to steal liquor from Target store
July 22, 2010, Martinez: Pit bull attacks and kills 2-year-old boy
July 1, 2010, Golden Gate Park: Loose pit bull attacks three people in early morning, including 71-year-old woman
July 23, 2010, Concord: Three of five of family’s pit bull terriers maul 2-year-old boy to death
June 3, 2005, San Francisco: Family’s pit bulls kill 12-year-old in his home
Sources: Staff reports, Bay City News
The story was corrected Friday, Aug. 12, 2011. The original story incorrectly reported that the woman was found in the front yard of the Pacifica house. Her body was discovered in the front part of the house.