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Preet Bharara saves woman and her pit bull from eviction

The East River Housing management company had hoped to boot the mentally ill Grand Street resident and her service animal
November 15, 2014 12:00PM

Dog lovers rejoice. A mentally ill woman has received a temporary restraining order blocking her building management company from evicting her and her beloved pit bull.

A federal judge Friday approved the Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara’s request for the restraining order. The management company, East River Housing, had wanted to Evict Grand Street resident Stephanie Aaron and her dog Roside for violating their pet policies, according to the New York Post.

But Manhattan federal Judge Edgardo Ramos said during a hearing that “he had to do something” to keep Aaron from being evicted as a lawsuit over the issue plays out.

Typically, federal courts are prohibited from lifting stays in effect in state courts, a lawyer for East River Housing argued. But Ramos countered that he could issue the order because the government made the request rather than a private party. [NYP]Christopher Cameron