District Court Judge Stanley Carmical ruled Monday on the lawsuit involving the Robeson County animal shelter.
Carmical issued an injunction preventing the shelter from euthanizing an animal for at least 24 hours after a rescue group sends a fax expressing plans to adopt the animal. Carmical says the order will stay in place throughout the case.
He dismissed two other parts of the lawsuit, ruling that the shelter's policy of keeping at least half of its kennels empty for cleaning isn't illegal. He also says the county doesn't have to use a voluntary fostering program.
The shelter's practices made headlines earlier this year when an old video resurfaced on YouTube allegedly showing the shelter's euthanasia methods and complaints were posted on Governor Beverly Purdue's Facebook page.