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Preston shelter director fired in Facebook dispute

Feb. 05, 2013 @ 11:15 AM

KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — The director of the Preston County Animal Shelter has been fired in a dispute with county officials over the facility's Facebook page.

Media outlets report that the County Commission announced Courtney Austin's dismissal for insubordination Monday night following an executive meeting with her and her attorney.

Commissioners had suspended Austin last week.

Commission president Craig Jennings says Austin didn't comply with the commission's request to be given administrator access to the shelter's Facebook page. He says she also falsely posted on the page in January that the facility didn't have any heat or water.

The page was used to advertise animals available for adoption, and to solicit volunteers and financial support.

Austin's attorney, Matthew H. Nelson, says he and Austin will discuss their options.