Leslie Yager.Written by
Wednesday morning at 2:41a.m. an alert police officer patrolling
Westport Ave. in Norwalk heard loud banging noises coming from the area
of Puppies of Westport, a retail pet store located at 255 Westport Ave., according to Lt. Resnick of Norwalk Police.
to Resnick, officer Castaldi investigated the source of the noise and
discovered a woman, later identified as Anouk Govil, 23, of 16 Eastwood
Rd, at the front doors of the pet shop. Upon seeing the officer, Ms.
Govil ran off and attempted to hide behind a sign in front of the
Y&S Laundromat, an adjacent business at 259 Westport Ave..
the officer confronted Govil, she had a rock or chunk of concrete in
her hand. The officer ordered her to drop the rock, to which she
immediately complied. When asked what she was doing she told the officer
that she “was trying to set the puppies free.”
handcuffed and seated in the rear of the police cruiser. The officer
then returned to the front doors of Puppies of Westport and found that
the front glass doors were damaged after having been struck by Ms. Govil
and her rock. Ms. Govil never made entry into the store.
transported Ms. Govil to Norwalk Police Headquarters where it was
discovered that she had a small laceration on her right hand. A Norwalk
EMS ambulance responded to headquarters and treated the laceration,
according to Lt. Resnick, Govil refused transportation to Norwalk
Govil was charged with one count of Criminal Mischief
3rd degree, CGS 53a-117, a class B misdemeanor. Bond was set at $500 and
a court date of Jan. 21 was issued for the Norwalk Superior
Court. Govil was released on bond at 6:00a.m. to a family member.
Reached by phone Monty Kaufman, who owns Puppies of Westport with his wife Lauren, said he and his wife are very upset after the incident.
didn't pick it up on our video surveillance, which is inside the store.
But we were able to hear it. She hit the door over 100 times. A couple
of times she started going crazy, going bang bang bang bang bang. She
wanted in in the worst way," Kaufman said.
"When we got the call
at 2:00am, I assumed someone was stealing a dog. I'm glad at least you
know that person wouldn't kill it," Kaufman continued. "But, if we had
any clue that the person trying to break in might release dogs into the
street... If that had happened, reporters wouldn't be talking to us
because we'd be in an asylum somewhere."
Puppies of Westport has
been the target of protesters who oppose commercial breeders, often
referred to by animal welfare advocates as "puppy mills." The breeders,
who supply pet stores like Puppies of Westport are mostly located in the
Reached by phone, a representative from Westport
Coalition Against Puppy Mills, which has protested Puppies of Westport
in the past, declined to comment on the incident.
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