Tyrone McGill defended himself against claims he did nothing to rescue a cat trapped inside the walls of the Dallas Animal Shelter.
A man accused of leaving a cat to die inside of a wall has been found not guilty.
Tyrone McGill, 51, was charged with felony cruelty after the cat was found dead inside a wall at the Dallas Animal Services shelter.
McGill, who took over the DAS when it was in disarray, took the stand Wednesday.
He said he asked about setting a trap, "I also went around and talked to people, have you seen heard of this cat? Some said yes, some said no, some didn't know what I was talking about."
Many testified to helping McGill try to rescue the cat.
After the verdict was read, McGill, in tears, repeatedly said "Thank God, Thank God" as he hugged family members.
If convicted, McGill could have faced anywhere from probation to two years in state jail.
NBC 5's Ray Villeda and Elvira Sakmari contributed to this report.