PACIFICA (CBS SF / KCBS) –- A pregnant Pacifica woman died following a mauling by her dog at her home Thursday, police said.

Pacifica police officers found an unresponsive 32-year-old Darla Napora lying in the front room not breathing when they responded to a home in the 500 block of Reina Del Mar Avenue shortly after 12:15 p.m.

The victim’s husband had come home from work and found their 2-year-old male pit bull hovering over his wife’s body.

Officers began performing CPR before Pacifica Fire Department and San Mateo County paramedics arrived and pronounced her dead at the scene.

As the woman was being treated, the pit bull escaped from the backyard and approached the first responders, police said. Officers shot and killed the dog.

There was a second dog in the backyard, and 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 for Friday.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

The deadly mauling has once again brought to light the question of whether pit bulls should be spayed and neutered.

Jason Walthall, co-president of the San Francisco SPCA, said the procedure reduces overpopulation and especially in male dogs, can reduce aggressiveness and territoriality.

San Francisco adopted a breed-specific pitbull spay and neuter law following a deadly mauling 10 years ago.

“It is undeniable that it has been effective. It has reduced the number of pitbulls coming into our shelters,” Walthall said. “But it has not solved the problem. Pitbulls are still dramatically overrepresented in our shelters.”

Pacifica City Manager Steve Rhodes said the city has heard from concerned residents.

“The issue will come to the council and they are the ones who would make the determination of a direction that we would go,” said Rhodes.

The spayed female dog, which was also in the Pacifica home at the time, is not believed to be involved in the attack, but has been taken in for evaluation.

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Comments (91)
  1. copsareprofessionalliars says:

    Somebody said the same thing over on the chron’s board and it’s amazing how many thumbs down the post got.

    With all the media hype regarding pits – I’m betting the dog didn’t do it.

    1. scotty501 says:

      i would not want to own a dog that could easily kill someone. were these people planning on keep the dogs with small children???? the vast majority of people i know with pit bulls are uneducated blue colar.

      1. TriHard_or_GoHome says:

        You’re calling someone else uneducated? You just wrote three sentences and not one of them started with a capital letter. Also, that would be “planning on keeping” the dog.

      2. Thomas says:

        Maybe the vast majority of people you know period are uneducated blue collar.
        Judging from the fact you can’t spell, I’m guessing you fit neatly into that category yourself.

        So… what qualifies a dog as being easily able to kill someone? Do you know, or are you just jumping onto the bandwagon of sensational reporting and dissemination of partial facts.

      3. Rick Murphy says:

        you are a idiot

      4. Vicki Harris says:

        Ok Scotty, here’s the story! Not all Pit Bull owners are ‘uneducated blue collar” My daughter, who has had Pit Bulls for 14 years (My eight year old grandson has grown up with them,and never been mauled or bitten once!), is an RN,BSN (Bachelor of Sciences In Nursing). She was working as a Chemotherapy nurse when she became ill with a rare liver disease. Her Pits have been her mainstay thru all of the problems she has had, including “situational depression”, in the last two years. Blanket statements like yours prove nothing but your own ignorance. Pit Bulls are also known as “The Nanny Dog” because of their great interaction with children. Case in point: at a family reunion a few weeks ago, a guests 2 year old Pit Bull mix decided it was her job to watch the kids. As the kids were wading down the small creek on the property, there was Nova, leading the way, As they played in the riffles, she walked back and forth across a fallen tree, watching them, and jumped in when one little guy fell, just to make sure he was ok; she stood there and left him use her to help himself up. As they went back upstream, , she was ahead of them, and blocked a rather deep hole in the stream with her body, so none of the kids could fall in. She wasn’t trained to do this, nor was she told to. It was instinct! My daguhter’s male pit bull slept with my grandson every night, and helped him overcome his fear of the dark. Her female would lay under his crib when he was an infant…didn’t need a baby monitor, she had Maya to come tell her when J needed to be cared for! Pit Bulls are not the problem! It is poor ownership, poor training, and ignorant statements made by people who have a personal vendetta against Pits, or sheeple, who beliieve every negative thing they see or hear about these great dogs! Do some homework on line, and find out the truth!

  2. Slee Stak says:

    Somebody said the same thing over on the chron’s board and it’s amazing how many thumbs down the post got.

    With all the media hype regarding pits – I’m betting the dog didn’t do it.

  3. Bob Bennett says:

    So how much evidence does anyone need to ban/spay/neuter pit bulls??
    I thought ” ‘dog’ was ‘sposed to be man’s best friend?”
    I guess not. This one surely wasn’t.
    What a shame he took a person’s life – time for euthanazation, OK?

    1. Ashley says:

      The dog was shot at the scene of the crime, what are talking about euthanize for. Your an idiot Bob Bennett

    2. Vicki Harris says:

      Ok, if that is the case, then every murderer, innocent or not, should be euthanized as well? Right? Just sayin’!

    3. Vicki Harris says:

      Also, most responsible Pit owners have their dogs spayed/neutered. The ones who don’t are either too lazy to do so, can’t afford it, or are dog fighters. Professional Pit Bull breeders emphasize spay/neuter when they sell a dog as a pet. They also breed for temperment – good with dogs, cats, kids and adults! And when you say ‘time for euthanization” are you advocating wholesale genocied of an entire group of dog breeds? That is what is sounds like! As was pointed out, this dog was shot by a trigger happy cop at the scene. I don’t buy alot of this story…The Coroner, in most instances, is an elected official who works for the local Police Dpartment. People can be bribed (everyone has a price), or threatened into saying what people want to hear, and to cover up what they don’t want the public to know. I feel so bad for Mr. Napora! He has lost 90% of his family; his wife, his unborn child, and a bleloved pet, as well as haviing the female seized, when she did nothing wrong! This poor man is grieveing, and people are saying some very nasty things about him. That is why the more I get to know people, the more I like my dogs! :-\

  4. Matthew says:

    I’ve said it before — pit bulls are BAD NEWS !!!!

    1. noneya says:

      Shut up Matthew, You have no clue what you are talking about.

    2. A Loyal STAFFY owner says:

      Matthew you know absolutely nothing about the breed otherwise you would not be having diarrhea of the mouth. go do your homework then come back with something intelligent

  5. Jim Kelly says:

    The Animal Shelteres Are Full of Pit Bull terriers

    yes the people have a right to have protection

    But these dogs have killed woman and children

    their has to be a line drawn somewhere

    1. A Loyal STAFFY owner says:

      maybe you should also think before you speak. Quit saying these dogs. Because to me it looks like 1 dog. Pitbulls are they most loving and caring dogs but some people decide to beat and abuse their animals or train them to be mean/fight. It is not they dog they are just trying to please their owner. Blame the Owner not the breed. get you head out of your ass and do some research.

      1. bs says:

        Try “these dogs” as in referring to all breeds of dogs, since there are few breeds that have not been implicated in the deaths of humans, often young children.

      2. LL says:

        It’s not ‘1’ dog; it’s numerous PIT BULLS. I don’t blame the dogs, humans have bred them to be this way for their own sick puposes. Now, there’s no way to know if the pit you have is good or bad; unless something bad happens. The best you can do is take precautions. Having 2 pit bulls is not a good idea.

      3. helicohunter says:

        Pit bulls have been bred for generations to attack and not back down. As much as pit bull owners like to believe it, you can’t train this breeding out of them. Just like you can’t make a tiger into a safe pet. Abusive treatment will make matters worse, but even “sweet” pit bulls are a danger. Most dogs bite and release- pit bulls go for the kill. They should be in zoos, not homes.

    2. TriHard_or_GoHome says:

      That would be “There has to be a line”. If you don’t know your first grade spelling words, you probably shouldn’t comment on posts. “Their” isn’t the same as “there” or “they’re”.

    3. Stephen says:

      Sir, you are an IDIOT. Dogs are not on this earth or in our families to serve as protection for your fears of criminality. That sets up any dog, regardless of breed, to be mean, distructful, unloving and prone to attack. Just like an idiot who sleeps with the proverbial gun under his pillow. The poor dog just wants to be loved, cuddled and to please you. The men I’ve found who own dogs for “protection” are nothing but bullies and imbeciles because they know if they do that to another man, they’ll get their block knocked off, so train a dog to be your “front man.” THAT’s why you’re an idiot. Fool. And you say, wow, women and children have been killed by them. Are women and children’s lives more important than other men? certainly not, so don’t put it out there that if women are equal to men they don’t need your protection – that’s YOUR fantasy, not anyone elses. So, does the line need to be drawn somewhere? you bet! From the trash you idiots spew out of your mouth and like all dogs and cats, they should be Neutered before they are ever allowed to be adopted, bought, transferred ownership, whatever. Make it the law because there are some idiots who won’t do it otherwise.

  6. Tina says:

    Perhaps the woman dealt a blow to the dog, and the dog defended itself, and didn’t mean to do such harm. We have no idea what happened, because we weren’t there. The same has happened with humans. I am betting you pit bull haters have other prejudices too. Time for a close self examination.

    1. al says:

      I love pitbulls, but its time for an end to the breeding of these dogs. They are sooo strong. Think about it. This breed was bred for one thing and only one thing. To kill anything that is a threat to it or its territory. That instinct is bred into the dog. Yeah, there are some lines of pitbulls that are not that gamey. But then there are some that lines are bred to kill and they end up out there.

    2. sanjosean says:

      Just one pit bull here. One pit bull there. Another pit bull over there. But do you ever hear about the labrador? Ever hear about the sheep dog? Ever hear about the collie? If all we ever heard about was collies, you can bet that would be the most dangerous dog.

      1. al says:

        idiot – All dogs can and have the ability to attack if provoked or threatened. But, only a few breed can and will kill a human being if needed. And the big one is the Pit bull.

        once again i am a dog lover and love pit bulls. But, the breed has no place in our society and in the hands of the undisciplined.

    3. louise says:

      You attack “pit bull haters” but then you also go and accuse a woman of hitting her dog without ANY evidence? You pit bull people need to get a grip. And a soul.

    4. louise says:

      What is wrong with you? You complain about “pit bull haters” but then you go and accuse this poor dead woman of hitting her dog without ANY evidence that actually happened. Your attachment to dogs has clouded your basic sense of empathy and humanity.

  7. al says:

    I am a dog lover. But all you folks. Pitbulls are awesome dogs in the right hands. But in the wrong hands, which are a majority of people out there. They are a deadly weapon. Just like guns are safe in the trained and respectful persons hands, they are deadly in the untrained hand. Its sad, but pitbulls must be banned. The dogs that are already out there and owned should be exempt. But, no more new pitbulls should be introduced to the population. Spay and neuter programs help a little. But, this is the only solution. Not only do we see people dying at the hands of these dogs. But many innocent pet owners on a walk with their dogs or their house cat that jumped the fence into the wrong yard end up killed by pitbulls. So sad. My heart goes out to the family.

    1. Maci says:

      HEY Al, I have had put bulls all my life and they are NOT deadly weapons unless they are trained to be mean. People are so ignorant about these beautiful animals. If you respect them and raise them right, they will be the perfect pets. If you train them to be mean than they will be mean. STOP BLAMING THE ANIMALS THAT ARE ONLY ACTING AS THEY WERE TRAINED TO ACT.

      1. Maci says:

        I meant Pit Bulls.

      2. al says:

        Dont you get it? People like you are the exception. The vast majority end up in the wrong hands. If only everyone were like you there would be no problem. Yes, stop blaming the animals. it is the owners of course. And remember this breed was bred to kill. Humans need to breed the killing instinct out – but thats nearly impossible. all breeds were bred for a purpose. labs to retrieve. Throw a ball or news paper into the water and what do they do? Jack Russels bred to hunt vermin. Ever seen how persistent a Jack Russel is when it goes after a mouse, rabbit or even a ball it wants? Wake up!! I do love these dogs, but to end unecessary human and canine deaths this breed must fade away. we need to follow the UK and Germany. im not saying we need to round up the dogs already out there, but stop new ones from entering the population by spay, neuter and outright laws.

  8. jam says:

    You hear these cases on the news over and over again, nothing new but people never learn.

  9. Hassan Ben Sober says:

    I think you’ve watched too many episodes of “Monk”.

  10. guy smiley says:

    What did she or someone in that house do to the poor dog?? Animals are NOT born vicious. They are taught to be vicious by stupid people. I do not feel sorry for her or anyone inher house. I feel for the dpg that was trying to protect himself.

    1. Melissa Gillespie says:

      Its a pit bull. All she had to do was be alive.

  11. A Loyal STAFFY owner says:

    its also tragic that you are ignorant. should not keep a black lab then because they are bred to hunt. If ignorant people would just take the time to learn about something before they go and spew this bs all over maybe they would know that they were not bred to be people/human aggressive. My pitty loves my 1 year old nephew and would die for him or myself. I have no respect for someone that tries to badmouth one of the most loyal breeds when they know absolutely nothing about them. Open a book and shut your mouth.

    1. Melissa Gillespie says:

      How about you open your eyes and shut your mouth. These animals are deadly killers. Enough of the lying already.

      1. youshutit says:

        Wow!! Talking about shutting up. I think your ignorance could be considered a deadly killer. Its people like you who are completely uneducated about the breed who continue to spread fear and hate!

    2. al says:

      labs were not bred to hunt. they were bred to retrieve birds that a man shot and killed.

      once again – you are the exception. 75% of people that own pit bulls are not

  12. Melissa Gillespie says:

    Yet more pit bull attacks. Stop defending these animals. They are too dangerous to have around humans.

    1. SF31yrs says:

      And the people who are stupid enough to live with pit bulls reap what they sow. No sympathy for the stupid.

    2. Law Obeying Citizen says:

      Meilissa, Please educate yourself before speaking of something you know nothing about. How dare you speak of these beautiful animals. I WILL DEFEND THEM AND THEY WILL DEFEND THEMSELVES!

      1. Melissa Gillespie says:

        I am quite educated. Its you that isn’t. I don’t care how much you defend them. Every single week, we hear about another pit bull attack thats killed or maimed someone. Enough already. I don’t believe a word you say.

      2. LL says:

        Yes, they do defend themselves; by killing what they perceive as a threat.
        Don’t attack Melissa for that. You may also want to learn how to spell.

    3. scrase says:

      WOW!!! Do some research why don’t ya! Please take a little time and educate yourself on the breed. You can really learn a lot. They can be wonderful companions. I feel like I need to have a voice for them they can’t defend themselves.

  13. Jack says:

    Why are only PIT BULL attacks and deaths in the news regualry? I will ocaisionally hear about a chimpanze ripping off someones face. But I don’t think in all my years I have heard of a Black Lab killing anyone. Pit Bulls, lions and tigers and bears OH MY!

  14. Mr. M says:

    I too was prejudiced against pit bulls and pit mixes – until one adopted me. He is a bit of extra work, however, he is the most loving dog I have owned in the last 30 years. All dogs required work to be good canine citizens – no exceptions for any dog owner of any breed.

  15. sanjosean says:

    Like new parents who lie about how great having kids is, pit bull owners lie about how great pit bulls are. Whenever a pit bull yet again kills someone these people blame the owners. They think if you are always nice the pit bull will always be nice. But then one day it freaks out and because it’s so strong there is nothing you can do. Many people go their whole lives without the dog freaking out, but statistically we can see the dogs are very dangerous. They are happy go lucky killers.

  16. Jack says:

    I agree with Melissa! Pit bulls and guns kill……

  17. Duran says:

    Enough about the dog! How about some compassion for the dead lady, her family and unborn child. Oh! and enough with it was probably her fault, not the killer dogs! . My deepest sympathy.

  18. Staffy owner for life says:

    Again the media jumps all over a pit bull attack. If a golden retreiver or a chocolate lab bites someone (which happens almost daily,yea it’s the truth) you never hear a peep from the news. But if someone was bit by a pitbull in Florida, California will hear about it within hours. This is total BS. I’ve been a staffy owners for over 20 years. For me there isn’t any other dog. They are perfect around my kids and other family memebers. I have zero worries about my dogs or how well I have raised them.
    To the people who keep commenting on banning the breed, or to have them all out down. Blame the morons who raised them with a lack of proper training. NoNo where in this little article do you see how the dog was raised, treated or what type of people they really are. You ( pit bull haters) really do need to get educated and stop getting your information from the mass media. The media gets ratings off your fear and keeps feeding you this misinformation. Get the facts and get a life!

    1. Seraphim0 says:

      Biting and KILLING are two completely different things, friend.

      1. Marco says:

        Maybe Staffy Owner for Life could produce some facts and statistics to make her augment have merit. It sounds like a personal thing from owning a Pit Bull. I would like to see her post # of deaths from dog breeds. I own a gun, but am the first to admit it kills! I never want to use it for that purpose, so I treat it well and take good care of it and lock it up!

    2. markus says:

      Pit bulls, rottweilers, etc, are proven to be more dangerous than other dogs. You just need to get used to it that these dogs are going to be more and more legislated, both publicly and privately. They are a menace, partly because of their breed and partly because of the owners.

      1. mammers says:

        Funny, my sister had a Rottweiler for 16 years, sweetest dog ever and she never bit anyone and was raised with 3 young children in the house. Again, goes to my comment that it’s not the ‘breed’ of the dog, it’s the ‘breed’ of the people raising them. Most people raise them with the intent of being malicious. Shame that the dogs get the bad rap for what the owners taught them.

    3. flashman1854 says:

      Here are a few thoughts Staffy owner for life:

      When other breeds bite there are two major differences:

      One: there is some logic to the attack.
      Two: the other breeds bite, but usually don’t “go in for the kill”

      Even large, guard dog breeds don’t attack illogically. I’ve never heard of a Dobbie killing its master. Or a Rot, or German Shepherd. They may go after an intruder, but there is some logic behind the attack.

      In this case the dog’s owner was attacked and killed. We hear these stories consistently about pit bulls.

      Also, when a chocolate lab or golden retriever bites someone it is a bite, not ‘going in for the kill’. That’s why you ‘never hear a peep from the news’, the dog didn’t KILL anyone, least of all its owner.

      You can train a tiger all you want, it is still a tiger. You can raise a cute bear cub from birth, it will grow into a bear. These animals, no matter how well trained, remain unpredictable, much like pit bulls. THIS is the issue. For sure they can be loving, and “the best dog I ever had”, then one day they snap and your kid is dead, or a neighbor’s kid. THIS is the reason pit bulls should be outlawed. They are unpredictable, and when they attack they go in for the kill.

  19. Mike says:

    I have a 10 month Pit Bull(Buster) & got him when he was just months old.
    He has all his shots & has been neutered & is the nicest dog you could meet.
    I`ll admit he does like to jump on people & lick them which I`m working on but a very friendly loyal dog.
    I give him respect & he gives it back.
    I strongly recommend having a pit bull but you have to raise them right & not abuse them because if you do you might end up with a mean dog.
    Also….you could have a poodle & abuse it & it would also be a mean dog.

    1. al says:

      never seen a case of a poodle kiling a human or other dog for that matter

    2. flashman1854 says:


      And one day, when your dog is large enough to kill, and a small child in your neighborhood is dead, or your wife, you will be repeating this mantra, he was such a nice, loving, pet.. The best pet I ever had.

      He is a pit bull, his killer instinct is in his DNA, just waiting for something, unpredictably, to set it off, at some date in the far future.

      You have a time bomb on your hands, you just are deluding yourself that you don’t. It may never go off, or it may, with what illogic, at a future date explode.

  20. markus says:

    Ahhh, the wonderful companion, the pit bull. Great for new babies too!

  21. Beatrix Kiddo says:

    Many news stories of husbands killing wives. Why so hard to believe the husband did the deed and used the family dog as a scape-goat? Nothing in the story to prove otherwise.

    1. Good Doggie says:

      Ummmmm………Bite Marks and dog DNA all over mangled body! Oh yeah, I forgot good pit bulls would never attack their loyal owner. Even if husband killed wife and fed it to the dog. Makes alot of sense.

  22. Sandra W says:

    Melissa, you are so ignorant. My bestfriend has 2 pitbulls, and they are the sweetest dogs I have ever met. Not all are bad, just like how theres good guys AND bad guys. All depends on how you/they were raised.

    1. Trey says:

      Jeffery Dahmer was raised in a good household! That argument does not stand…. I heard Hitler had loving parents too…

      1. mammers says:

        People and dogs are completely different and are not even the same species

    2. flashman1854 says:

      Sandra W,

      I’m sorry, but you are the ignorant one.

      We always hear this after a fatal pit bull attack, “they are (were) the sweetest dogs”.

      People, there is something in a pit bull’s DNA, or bred into them in the distant past, that makes them aggressive killers. Who knows what can set off this killer instinct, but once in motion the dog (now grown, big, and powerful) kills.

      Other breeds don’t seem to have this unpredictable trait. THIS is the difference.

      A ‘loving’, correctly trained, watchdog, a Rot, or Dob, might attack an intruder, but will obey, and not attack, its master(s), and this includes the master’s family and friends. Pit bulls can (and do) just ‘go off’, and stop obeying their master (in fact, will, and have, killed their master.)

      There IS a difference.

  23. Ilovedeaddogs says:

    As with most dog attacks, the owner will blame the victim with “What did you do?”. Humans > Dogs. It doesn’t matter what anyone did. What matters is that humans CANNOT control wild animals. Dogs are unpredictable = wild animals. I would not suggest keeping an animal that could kill you in your house, period.

    Another dog attack:

  24. Brandye says:

    I have two pitt bulls and a beautiful hound dog, my bullies love babies and kids, they are very gentle and with supervision and one at a time they are always playing with the babies and toddlers and kids and people. My hound dog….was rescued, he was beat and abused and is not as comfortable with kids, he would rather just be alone in his room then lick fingers and toes. I would never leave my dogs alone with anyone that did not know how to properly handle them and control them…..I also know they have been socialized and well trained to walk away from confrontation. Bottom line……don’t own ANY DOG if your not willing to do the work to make them a safe member of society…..I am truly sorry for this family’s loss

  25. mammers says:

    Really people? It’s not the ‘breed’ of dog it’s the ‘breed’ of people and how they train the dog. Pit Bulls get a bad name b/c of the idiots who raise and train them to be killers. There are plenty of pit bulls who are raised in loving homes and do not show this type of behavior

  26. Phil says:

    I had an Arabian horse once. They can be so “hot-blooded” that they will “run blind” It was always best to lunge line him (gelding) for a while before riding.
    I believe that Pits have the same genetic disposition. If they “run blind” they revert to their most basic instinct. An Arabian will go right through a fence, A Pit will attack. The Arabian was a good, fast horse, but I never let the kids ride him, and I will never own another.

  27. Michael in Hayward says:

    Three months ago two pitbulls were running loose through my nieghborhood just after sundown. The sheriff got the call and were able to catch up with them. The two dogs got spoked and started to jump over three, six foot high fences until they came into my backyard were my two cats were laying on the patio. They went straight for the cats and killed one but the other one was able to get away. I was just in the backyard five minutes prior. All I could do was look out the window to see my helpless cat in the jaws of the crazied dog as he shock her like a rag doll. I went out to the front to get help when I saw the sheriffs where already there. One of the dogs was able to get away while the other one who killed my cat was noosed, tased and tranquilized. With all that this dog was still putting up a fight for about 30 minutes until the animal control got the dog under control. Whats even worse is that two other pitbulls killed a stray cat just the week before on my same street. The owner was walking the two dogs through the neighborhood without leashes on. I live two blocks from an elementry school. Now saying that, all dogs have the potential of being dangerous but I fill pitbulls have it in there DNA. I’m still trying to understand why so many people want to get these dogs, and teach them to be aggressive. It’s like a ticking time bomb.

    1. scrase says:

      yeah my mom’s Husky (NOT PIT BULL) did the same exact thing to her cat! So what does that mean? You just assume only pit bulls attack cats? Get a clue, it doesn’t have anything to do with the breed!

  28. Scrase says:

    First of all let me just say I am so so sorry for the family. This is a tragic event period, but it makes pit bulls out to be nothing but violent attack dogs who come unglued for no reason and just “kill”. That is not the case! You can ask any educated dog handler and they will tell you it has NOTHING TO DO with the breed and everything to do with the dog owners. There is no reason ANY breed of dog should not be spayed or neutered if you are not a licensed dog breeder. I have a pit bull and he is the love of my life and the most gentle sweet companion I could ever ask for. I also have a 10 month old baby. My dog is part of our family. Of course he is neutered, why wouldn’t he be. Any one who owns a dog regardless of the breed of the dog should be responsible. I am disgusted that this article was prematurely printed without even having all the details of the story and framing the pit bull as the evil murderer. It is a horrific thing that happened but I believe there are more details behind this that we haven’t heard.

    1. al says:

      yes, yes. you have a point. If every individual, gangster, wanna be tough guy or clueless person that was given a pitbull by his friend. Or whos dog just had puppies had a professional dog trainer – we wouldnt have a problem.

  29. Noexpert101 says:

    They are loving and loyal sweet animals, until they rip out your throat and eat and mangle your children in blood! Save your kids, get a turtle.

  30. Dave says:

    Pete never bit a little rascal, I can’t spell but I know dogs. I have handled more than I can count. dogs from many breeds. There are more children bitten by Labs, Lab mixes and a bunch of kick dogs than Pit Bulls or properly known as American staffshire Terrier, or smaller English Staff terriers. And lots of American Bull Dogs ( not English) or confused to be aka Bit Bulls.
    Folks make no mistake there are plenty of other breeds given the chance will kill or Mame you, however they cost lots of money and are very trained to do that also kept by responsible professionals. There are many breeders that can set you up with a great dog from great blood line with good temperament.

    It’s horrible what happened and I could bet that dog was not trained well and thought he was the Alpha when the husband was not home.

    I trained my Dogs to release their lock on Command and was testes under real life stress.
    My male would actually cough up food he swallowed if I told him to.

    It’s harder to train people not to get a dog they cant train correctly or put the time in that is required

    1. al says:

      bitten – not killed

    2. al says:

      “It’s harder to train people not to get a dog they cant train correctly or put the time in that is required”

      and this is the problem with this breed. Eliminate the potential danger of this breed out of the equation and we have a solution.

  31. Bow Wow wow says:

    If it is not about the breed and all about the owners, how come it is only the Pit Bull breed that we hear about killing. Maybe it is a media conspiracy! I am sure other breeds of dogs are treated badly as well, but I have never heard of a killing from a Collie or Beagle. Oh! And by the way the poster pointing out the proper English spelling and grammar is annoying. Just remember:

    “Intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong” – Carl Sagan

  32. Arica says:

    I am a professional and educated woman who has a pit chocolate lab mix. Lulu is extremely sweet and loving – her biggest problem is trying to kiss you and cuddle you. I think it iis unfortuntae that this happened but I do think there are other factors that are unknown here – we don’t know what caused this. I am a responsible dog owner who has fixed Lulu, trained her and continually reinforces good behavior. I was actually scared of dogs before I got Lulu and I couldn’t imagine my life without her. I am always sad when the SPCA is full of pits because that means innocent dogs were being abused or had bad owners – it doesn’t mean that they were bad dogs. – and that because of a stereotype, they won’t likely be adopted. I do agree that some people get pits for the wrong reason but some people also get guns for the wrong reason – does that mean we should outlaw guns? I know several people who have been bit by small dogs – should we kill or stop breeding those breeds are well? We live in a society full of stereotypes and it is our choice whether we pass those on to future generations .

  33. Rick Murphy says:

    Never have I heard more idiots that know nothing of what they talk about!!

  34. Rick Murphy says:

    Al you and Melissa top the list!

  35. scrase says:

    Take a look at this!!!

    You jumped the gun and automatically assumed that this was another pit bull attack with out waiting for the facts. I’m disgusted that writers could do this. You should know better. I understand that you all want to get “the breaking news” but at any cost? You are making pit bulls everywhere look like vicious beasts and they are quite the opposite!!!!! I truly believe there is more to this story and none of us know what it really is yet so lets stop blaming the pit bull.

  36. Rick Murphy says:

    CBS should be ashamed of thier irresponsible reporting.

  37. scrase says:

    I wish every one would stop worrying about how people are spelling things! This is obviously a very heated debate and people need to focus on what the person is trying to say and not the spelling 🙂 grow up a little

  38. killi says:

    Shame on CBS!! Your irresponsible reporting is disgusting and unexcusible!!

  39. PitLover says:

    I am well educated. I have 2 pitbulls. I love my pitbulls. I treat them with love and respect. They wouldn’t hurt a fly, okay, not true, my dog once tortured a fly for about an hour. Ha! Point is, my dogs are sweet and have never even growled at a person. I have no idea what happened to cause this poor woman’s tragic death, but I do know that not all pitbulls are bad. Don’t blame the breed.

  40. britt says:

    more media bashing pit bulls without the facts its been determined that the woman died from falling from a ladder but we can be sure the real story will never be told.
    I linked it below

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