SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) _ A federal judge is allowing documents to be shielded from public view in a civil lawsuit stemming from a raid on a South Dakota dog breeder.
Judge Karen Schreier granted the Humane Society of the United States a protective order allowing it to hand over internal emails and other documents to the attorneys for Hurley dog breeder Daniel Christensen without having them made public.
Christensen's lawyer had argued the Humane Society deserved no such protection because photos and video of the Sept. 2, 2009, raid were given to the media and continue to circulate on the Internet.
Christensen is suing Turner County, the now-defunct Second Chance Rescue Center and the national Humane Society for $5 million over the raid, which another judge ruled was illegal.