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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sonoma Councilwoman Wants to Ban Pit Bulls -- and Other Aggressive Dogs

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 9:10 AM

click to enlarge Sonoma vs. Pit bulls
  • Sonoma vs. Pit bulls
Taking a page out of San Francisco's playbook of citywide bans, Sonoma's City Council is considering outlawing pit bulls after last week's fatal attack of a Pacifica pregnant woman.

City Councilwoman Joanne Sanders says she'll ask the full council to ban the pups and other vicious dogs from the North Bay city. She explained that after the family's 2-year-old pit bull got loose and mauled 32-year-old Darla Napora to death, she is simply looking out for her own community.

"I think pit bulls are a great start," Sanders told the Press Democrat

Police responded to the house on a suburban street in Pacifica last Thursday after Greg Napora called the cops to report his wife was in the front room, covered in blood. He warned them that the family dog, Gunner, was in the back room.

Police posted an officer to keep watch while they waited for Animal Care & Control to arrive to pick up the aggressive-acting animal. However, 10 to 15 minutes after, the dog apparently went into the backyard through a sliding-glass door.

Gunner somehow got loose from the backyard while police were supposed to be keeping watch and walked to the front yard of the Naporas' home. Police shot the dog dead.

The dog "was covered in blood. There was no way we were going to

take chances of it getting loose into the neighborhood or attacking

anyone," Pacifica Police Captain Dave Bertini told SF Weekly last week.

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