A dog embroiled in a federal civil rights lawsuit got a kind of stay of execution this week when the city of Visalia – which views Armani the pit bull as dangerous – promised not to put him to death until a hearing next month before a federal judge in Fresno.
Kimberly Renee Stokes of Visalia filed her civil rights lawsuit Monday and asked federal Judge Dale Drozd on Tuesday to save Armani’s life by issuing a temporary restraining order against the city of Visalia. At the last minute, the city agreed to keep Armani alive for now.
Stokes’ lawyer, Marla Tauscher, breathed a sign of relief because city officials had planned to kill Armani on Tuesday. Now, the dog has a reprieve until Nov. 21 when Taucher will try to convince Drozd that Armani is worth saving.