NORWALK, Conn. – A convicted Norwalk felon stabbed a dog late Saturday to upset the dog's owner during an argument, Norwalk Police say. The pit bull, who has a history of biting people, had a muzzle on, according to Sgt. Lisa Cotto. Valmond Elmore, 35, of 5 Hanford St. was arrested and held on $100,000 bond.
Police were called at 12:09 a.m. Sunday to the VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center at 123 West Cedar Street on the report of a stabbed dog, Cotto said. The pit bull had a 1-inch stab wound along the side of his left hind leg.
The dog's owner said she was at a friend's apartment, where she is staying, according to Cotto. The 33-year-old woman said she watching the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto with Elmore and other people. The owner of the apartment came home and was angry to find people there. An argument ensued between him and Elmore, who is his son.
Elmore and his 61-year-old father yelled at each other, Cotto said. The dog was barking and Elmore said he would stab the dog to make the woman feel bad, because his father is always taking her side.
The woman said she had control of the dog, that he was leashed.
Elmore was arrested in February, accused of trying to strangle a woman during an argument. He was shot in November 2002. Detective Thomas Roncinske testified in court proceedings that Elmore was shot in retaliation for a pistol whipping. Elmore had several convictions for narcotics, according to Roncinske.
Elmore was sentenced to 92 months in prison in November 2005 after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms and/or ammunition. The weapons were an AK-47 rifle, a shotgun and a loaded .22-caliber handgun along with a 500-round box of .22-caliber ammunition and a magazine for an AK-47 rifle. He was released from prison last fall.
Charges stemming from the alleged dog stabbing are cruelty to animals, a felony, and disorderly conduct and assault third degree, both misdemeanors.