HUNTINGTON — An animal shelter in West Virginia has hired its first medical director.

The Huntington Cabell Wayne Animal Shelter made the hire using a $50,000 grant from the Petco Foundation.

Shelter executive director Courtney Proctor Cross says they've hired veterinarian technician Emily Sowards to work as the first-ever medical director.

She will treat animals for fleas and intestinal parasites when they get to the shelter then do a wellness check on them every morning.

Cross says they've wanted to hire a medical director for the last nine months.

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