Animal Services Worker Tyrone McGill Found Not Guilty of Animal Cruelty

Coworkers testified the man tried to rescue the cat

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    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."

    Tyrone McGill Not Guilty

    [DFW] Tyrone McGill Not Guilty
    After two days of testimony and a day of closing arguments a a jury found Dallas Animal Shelter manager Tyrone McGill, accused of letting a cat die in a wall at the shelter, was found not guilty of animal cruelty

    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.