The Times West Virginian

November 15, 2012

Mistaken-identity case hits Fairmont Veterinary Hospital

Offending Twitter content removed; accounts suspended

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Veterinary Hospital experienced a deluge of calls all day Wednesday following a case of mistaken identity and Internet justice gone wrong.

Dr. Scott Moore, a junior partner at the hospital, said they received calls from across the country and even foreign countries because of a mistake made on Twitter.

According to Moore, someone with the Twitter username @dianefridley posted pictures of herself on the website engaging in sexual activity with dogs. A Twitter poweruser with more than 600,000 followers retweeted this user, along with the phone number for the Fairmont Veterinary Hospital, where Dr. Diane Fridley, a completely different person, works.

The hospital found out when their phonelines exploded Wednesday morning.

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