BLOOMING GROVE - Animal shelter manager Kathy Forian has been fired because she brought her own pets to work and adopted dogs without approval, a shelter official said.
The termination is the second for Forian, who was fired from the Town of Monroe animal shelter three years ago after being accused of overpaying her daughter, who worked with her.
Forian struck a plea agreement in that case, just as she began working as animal control officer for Blooming Grove.
Rick Horn, Blooming Grove Humane Society president and a town councilman, said Forian did nothing criminal.
"We let her go because we found her performance was not up to expectations," he said.
Forian was promoted from animal control officer to shelter manager 18 months ago. She was placed on probation at her job on Feb. 16, when it was discovered that she was bringing her own animals to work - against the shelter board's wishes, Horn said.
It was later discovered that Forian adopted a dog without board approval, as required by shelter policy, and that she sometimes left dogs for an extended period of time in the Humane Society's van, Horn said.
"There was a trust issue," he said.
Her firing comes just after the town revised the conditions of its $73,000 contract with the shelter to include a limit on the number of cat rescues. Blooming Grove Supervisor Charlie Bohan said Forian's firing was in part because of the fact that the number of such rescues had gotten out of control.
Forian claimed that the shelter's problems, including its huge cat population, either existed before she got there or were beyond her ability to fix.
She defended her management, saying that the facility received several passing grades during surprise state inspections.
Horn acknowledged that Forian's failings might have resulted from her being "overwhelmed" at the busy shelter. He also stood up for her reputation as a tireless animal advocate.
"She is an excellent animal control person who knows her stuff," he said.