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Pregnant Pacifica Woman Killed By Pet Pit Bull

The mauling happened Thursday afternoon on Reina Del Mar Avenue.

Update, Aug. 16:

Update, Aug. 15:

A 32-year-old pregnant woman from Pacifica was attacked and killed by her family's pet pit bull Thursday, police said.

received a 911 call at approximately 12:15 p.m. about a possible dog mauling in the 500 block of Reina Del Mar Avenue. The first officer to arrive on the scene located the victim, Darla Napora, lying in the front room of her home, Pacifica Police Chief Jim Tasa said.

"The victim had major trauma, was not breathing or responsive," Tasa said.

The first responders' efforts to revive the woman were not successful.

The victim's husband, who had called the police and was at the scene when they arrived, told police that their 2-year-old male pit bull had attacked his wife after he left for work. He said the dog had been secured in their backyard before he left.

While paramedics and fire department personnel were tending to the victim, the dog escaped from the backyard and began approaching them in the front yard. Police officers shot the dog three times, killing it, Tasa said.

The victim has been released to the San Mateo County Coroner's Office and the dog's body was released to San Mateo County Animal Control.

There was a second dog, another pit bull, in the backyard. It and the deceased dog were taken to the Peninsula Humane Society for examination.

An autopsy for the woman and a necropsy for the dog are scheduled to take place Friday.

Pacifica police are conducting an investigation of the incident.

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kuuipo August 14, 2011 at 07:12 PM
@Courtney: I don't doubt Darla was a fantastic person who adored and doted on her dogs...but don't you see how that fuels the pre-existing fear in others about the breed? If someone who so cared about her dogs could suffer a mortal attack from one, then doesn't that dilute your argument that ALL pits are docile??? Step back a moment and try to see the other side. It's a tragedy without measure and that is a given. I never stated nor implied she was an irresponsible pet owner. Read my words carefully. I stated "If" the dog was tied up...But truly, IF a dog is tied up for hours and not allowed to interact with the family as a member of the household, then I would happily make an argument that was not a loving act nor was it an adored member of the family. C'mon now.
Sarah Pukelin & Rush Limpball August 14, 2011 at 10:20 PM
"Could not be foreseen"? Really? You don't know what pit bulls were created to do?
kb August 15, 2011 at 01:53 AM
Wow sarah!! Sounds like you are another uneducated and ignorant person when it comes to the breed. The family is grieving over the loss of their loved one. Best you just quiet down.
kuuipo August 15, 2011 at 07:37 AM
@karen: Don't sweat it. "Sarah" apparently posted a number of similarly flavored postings within a very condensed period of time. Seems like whomever it was had intended just to stir things up and nothing more. I saw the numerous postings and decided to ignore them because, well, frankly they were worth ignoring. Their screen name should give you some idea as to the sophomoric mentality of the individual anyway. I hope the family can overlook the idiotic rants some have posted here and petty nature of the commenting individual.
steve August 15, 2011 at 02:03 PM
prayers from pacifica baptist church and pastor steve for your losses, 650-892-5515
Cris August 15, 2011 at 04:59 PM
Dogs kill people. They really really do. Having survived a dog attack at the age of 8, I can say: "Dogs kill people" Yeah, humans can help them along towards that end, but dogs are still animals, just like humans. Humans kill people, dogs kill people. Don't blame the owners for an animal that they ultimate do NOT have control over.
Don Goodspeed August 15, 2011 at 09:27 PM
It is unfortunate to hear but the results are now showing the one pit bull to be responsible. Let us be respectful in our comments for the sake of the family, however.
kuuipo August 15, 2011 at 09:29 PM
@Don: I'm with you. Let's think of the family first and foremost.
Stu August 16, 2011 at 04:32 AM
What I find to be incredible is how there are still people who, no matter what, still come to the defense of the pit bulls everytime they attack, maul, or kill. The same old stories about how their pit is such a wonderful family dog; great with children, wouldn't hurt anyone, must have been something that startled it, needs to be neutered, it's a bad owner, and on and on and on. Many victims of pit bull attacks were owners who used to say these same things until it happened in their own homes. Just do an internet search for pit bull attacks and read the stories. These incidents involving the pit bull breed are everywhere and near daily. Has to be neutered? That's great. That's the type of animal I want to bring home to my family; one that comes with a warning label that reads:" Be sure to neuter your new pet or it may kill you." Certainly all breeds will nip, bite, and fight with other animals, but not all breeds make the determined effort to kill, and the effort to kill humans, on such a consistent basis. The pit bull breed should be regulated just like a tiger, lion, chimp, or other dangerous animal is. It's understandable that the owner of a pit bull will be defensive of any criticism, but there comes a time when you can't be so biased and naive that you ignore facts and reality. Wake up people! Take your blinders off, lest you become part of a tragic statistic yourself. And if you won't, then consider increasing your insurance policies.
goodwolves August 16, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Our hearts go out for the famlies effected by this tragic death. We live near this home as a matter of fact so close we heard the gun fire. That being said WHENEVER something like this happens EVERYTHING MUST BE CONSIDERED. Yes, NO stone should be left unturned. Because "no one" was there as a witness; ANYTHING is possible. The only thing I know for sure is that the house that this tragic death happend in is TINY; I was going to buy it as investment many years ago. That being said YES you have to question WHY they would have had 2 large dogs (a male UN NETURED & female that WAS spayed) living in such a TINY place. The yard was not secured otherwise the dog would not have escaped & been shot by the police. So YES there are a lot of questions. And they NEED to be answered or investigated. We are talking about a tiny one bedroom with a tiny yard; ANY dog breed that is NOT nueterd ABSOLUTELY has the potential to kill & mame. You can ask any Vet they will tell you that truth. Owning a male (or female) that is not sterilized is iresponsible unless YOU are planning to breed them for a DARN GOOD REASON. So yes there are MANY QUESTIONS that concerned citizens SHOULD be asking. We have a right to know ALL the facts & the POLICE have an obligation to throughly investigate this tragic death. At the end of the day the TRUTH can be much stranger than fiction. These kinds of things are beyond the grieving families need for empathy which we really have compassion for.
Barbara Baker August 16, 2011 at 09:34 PM
Bill, no one is coming to the defense of a dog who bites, maims or kills anyone. What people are saying is that generally the breed is a wonderful pet. Check out the description in the American Kennel Club. I have had three. Two lived to 14 years old and one to 12. They were as most who have loved and owned them describe them. In all of their 14 years they never menaced anyone, bit anyone. They were great companions. Why discredit what our experience has been? Thousands of households have pit bulls as pets, they are therapy dogs, they work in schools as rescue dogs. One of my dogs was a therapy dog visiting the elderly once a week. So how do you explain my experience with three pit bulls over a long period of time? I am not an apologist, I am stating facts from experience.
kb August 16, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Barbara, Thanks for the comment. I have a beautiful 8 year old blue nose who is so sweet and gentle. Loves kids, people etc. I feel bad for the good ones who get the bad looks and glares when walking down the street.
H.avery August 17, 2011 at 06:56 PM
All of the comments above are legit and sincere. However I wish the debate would shift to the core issues instead of all the secondary issues. Here is the problem that exists and can't be dealt with in any meaningful way. 1. The "agressive" breeds, you know the ones I mean, can sense fear in people and animals. All dogs can. Only SOME dogs can take down a human. 2. Fear, esp. fear of dogs can be close to impossible to grow out of. I know because I have had it ALL MY LIFE. I'm 65 y.o. 3. Voice commands are not enough to stop some dogs in some situations and some people can't even control their aggressive dog even with all the choke collars and chains. Add the 3 points together and you have the perfect storm. It can happen in an instant. I was attacked 2 different times by wild cats. Both of them my "pets". The first time it was a high pitched squeel sound I made that set the cat off. Many puncture wounds to the legs. The second time with a different cat I simply either rolled over in my sleep or accidently flopped my arm around and the cat attacked me horribly in the face. Bottom line is unless you can completely guarantee that the dog will not MAUL (not bite) anyone EVER it should be kept away from humans and other dogs at all times. (No, not the backyard). Just like any other wild animal.
Kym August 17, 2011 at 07:46 PM
I am very sorry to the family and friends of the two lives that were lost in this situation. No matter what the circumstances(we don't know for sure), the tragedy of death is always painful. There is always going to be people against 'pit bulls' (to the ignorant ones here, this is NOT a breed) Yes, they are very loving and loyal animals. MOST of those who 'trash' them have not known one personally, but only what they have heard,or seen,or been told. We ALL have horror stories about certain breeds. I for instance would NEVER allow my children around cocker spaniels.They can be VERY mean and attack for no apparant reason.(I have been around dogs my whole life. My mother was a dog trainer,and I have worked in veterinarian offices for many years.) But unfortunatly,these attacks, bites etc. that happen by other breeds (regardless of size)are not reported to animal control,the vets office,humane society, the police, or the news. And yes, every breed is capable of mauling,attacking, and maiming. Maybe, we should wait for the facts before jumping to conclusions. Did you read the story about the rottweiler that was shot for 'attacking and killing' his senior citizen owner? Yeah, he was covored in blood too along with his owner. Yes, the cops shot the dog and come to find out she had a heart attack and he was trying to drag her to her front door to safety??!! Really mean dog right?! WOW! If its not the 'pit bull' it will be the dobie,or the presa canario or the german shepherd.
Stu August 17, 2011 at 08:19 PM
Good info John. But still, as the saying goes, there are none so blind as those who will not see.
kb August 17, 2011 at 08:22 PM
kym, Right on!! Thanks for that info. Very well put!
Stu August 17, 2011 at 08:41 PM
I can't recall any stories about anyone being mauled and killed by their pet Cocker Spaniel recently. Perhaps because they don't have a thirst for blood and killing whatever they might decide they don't like. Sure, Rots have somewhat of a reputation for being aggressive and dangerous, and so do mountain lions and rattlesnakes, but those figures are far outnumbered by pit bull attacks. The reason pit bull attacks make the news is because they are so frequent and usually horribly violent. You are 'assuming' that those who "trash" them have not known one, but you have no real knowledge of that. If you take a look at the comment above from John Kalubafek, you'll notice that your comments mirror what he described.
DustyBaker August 17, 2011 at 10:55 PM
Kym. The report clearly shows the animal was responsible for her death. Please spare us the lines about how pit bulls are misunderstood little angels. I have known several pit bulls and some of them are very, very nice dogs, but they are solid muscle and built to fight and these were females. In fact, I remember a friend in college who had the sweetest little girl pit bull and the scariest male pit bull. The male became aggressive with him and he had to shoot it in the head in his backyard. Anyone who has been at a dog park knows that when someone comes in with a pit bull, everything changes. My dog which is a mutt has been attacked several times at Funston by pit bulls. They start playing and it gets a little rougher and eventually the pit snaps and goes on the attack. I'm not advocating culling pit bulls, but I think ALL dogs need to be spayed and neutered with the exception of careful breeders who ensure no inbreeding, with the enormous numbers of pit bulls in pounds around the country there seems to be a larger problem with this specific breed (chihuahuas too). It is obscene that an owner of a pit bull or any other male dog would choose to keeps the animal intact so that the animal can appear more masculine or any other reason they may have. All dogs should be fixed, but sterilization of pit bulls should be mandatory. Rhetoric can always be disproved by fact if one cares to look.
kb August 18, 2011 at 01:58 AM
Ist of all "Dusty Baker" what kind of person would shoot a dog in the back yard? What does that tell you about your "college friend" Owner??? Second of all, When I take my 8 year old 90 lb pit to the dog park he is the joy of all. Everyone loves him and sees his smile. He is very well manored! I do agree with you on the neutering. I volounteer at the local humane society and there are many beautiful pits that need homes. We don't need to over poplulate them because to many people are ignorant regarding the breed.
Conrad Peterson August 19, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Mariana, the ladder story was shown to be false several days ago. Also, the coroner's report confirms that the dog killed her. Please read the other articles and related reports.
JDavis August 20, 2011 at 12:24 AM
While I am not afraid of dogs, I have to agree with your assessment...on all counts. Thank you H.avery.
Stu August 20, 2011 at 04:32 PM
The joy of all? How presumptuous is that? to say that your pit bull at the dog park is "the joy of all" and "Everyone loves him." And he smiles too? Wow! I hate to burst your bubble, KB, but not everyone sharing the dog park loves your dog, even though you might like to think so. How can you have an unbiased, realistic approach to the problems associated with pit bulls when you can't even be realistic about your own?
Condolences August 25, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Wake up people! The murdering, horrendous pit bull is NOT a victim...are you kidding me? Do you feel sorry for Charles Manson or Scott Peterson? Please...stop feeling sorry for the dog...he was a pit bull...enough said. The real victims are the lovely woman, her unborn child, her poor husband who had to see such an awful sight and the rest of her loving family and friends. I am terribly sorry for your loss.
Condolences August 25, 2011 at 08:47 PM
....my dog has been attacked by a pit bull, actually TWO different pit bulls on two different occasions! She is a sweet retriever..I was scared for my dog's life!! Thank the Lord that she wasn't killed, just shaken up! To those who think people "love" to see your pit bull at the park..you are sadly mistaken. We FEAR your dog, ever notice how people leash up their dogs and leave. Do us a favor and not bring your aggressive animals where we take our nice dogs and our children.
Stu August 26, 2011 at 03:50 AM
Exactly!
Jesse Dudley September 09, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Or, in the case of Pit Bulls, the owners who have the mental issues to own them in the first place. There has never been a reported mauling by a Pit Bull that was shot dead first.
Charles December 18, 2011 at 02:33 AM
Stray Pit Bull saves woman and child from attacker (A must read)! http://www.piaberrend.org/stray-pit-bull-saves-woman-child-from-attacker/
Ginger Tillman October 28, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I had a weiner dog that was very aggresive she bit several people even thoughshe was always well cared for and I have pitbulls that have never bitten anyone. Its not the breed every dog has their own personality .My cousin left his pit in the backyard when he was at work ,came home one day at lunch to find some kids throwing rocks and sticks at the dogs,sometimes there are underlying issues.I know that pitbulls are the most loving angelic dog I have ever owned!!!
Jesse Dudley October 29, 2012 at 01:56 AM
To GingerTillman; you are tempting fate like the other pit bull owners/idiots... if you made a ratio of all the people mauled to death by weiners compared to pit bulls, you'd see... keeping a dog that was developed through breeding to kill, is foolish, and even though not all have killed, they all have it in thier instincts. I hope yours never does, but as I've said before; you're an idiot to tempt fate.
Charles October 31, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Jesse Dudley, And what makes you such an expert on pit-bulls ???

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