Should pit bulls be banned? Pacifica, California, pit bull attack renews debate (VIDEO)
The horrific fatal attack by a pit bull on Darla Napora, a pregnant woman from Pacifica, California, is renewing a debate over whether pit bulls should be banned. As of midday on Friday, the story generated and incredible 727 comments on the San Francisco Chronicle story on the mauling. The case also garnered a banner headline on the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper generating 88 comments by midday. Many are writing that pit bulls should never be kept as pets. Some say the breed should be banned.
One Chronicle reader, “LakeMissy,” commented, ” Pit bulls are always “friendly” until they kill. Then people are so surprised. Lethal killers as pets.”
Another reader, “rtvcooley,” who wrote that he/she worked in the veterinary field, wrote, “those of you who bash the breed have never actually owned a great pitbull because if you had you would have a different outlook on this amazingly smart and loyal dog.”
Here’s a sampling of some of the comments about pit bulls on the Daily Mail:
“Bred to kill. Raised to kill. We need to get rid of these animals,” wrote “Rowdy Boots.”
Merideth H. wrote: Eradicate this breed! Get rid of them! Pit bull lovers, don’t waste my time telling me how ‘tame’ they are”
But “Kouwboy” defended the breed writing: “it disgusts me that the breed has become so hated.”
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If you haven’t heard the story, Pacifica Police say Naproa was found mauled to death Thursday afternoon by the family’s pit bull dog. Pacifica is a coastal city with a population of 37,000 people, about 25 minutes south of downtown San Francisco. Darla Napora was 32.
Responding offiicers arrived at the home at 12:15 p.m. to find Napora laying in the front room of her home. Police said she had “major trauma” and was not breathing or responsive. Officers admistered CPR but it was too late.
Napora’s husband said he had just arrived home from work and found that the couple’s adult male pit bull dog had apparently attacked his wife after he had gone to work, He told police that he had secured the dog in the backyard of the couple’s home.
Paramedics arrived on scene and declared Napora dead. While attending to victim, police say the dog escaped from the backyard and approached the first responders. Officers shot the dog three times, killing it.
Police say the pit bull was a two year old “intact” or unneutered male.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the couple’s second pit bull dog was not believed to have been involved in the attack but was taken away by the Peninsula Humane Society as a precaution.