A woman spotted using a rock to try to smash open the door of a closed pet store said she ‘‘wanted to set the puppies free,” police said. The Hour newspaper reported that an officer heard banging while on patrol at a Norwalk strip mall early Wednesday. He spotted a woman running from the Puppies of Westport store but caught her, rock in hand. Anouk Govil, 23, of Norwalk was charged with third-degree criminal mischief.

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