A manager at the Dallas city animal shelter has been charged with felony cruelty after a cat died inside a wall area after somehow getting trapped.
Tyrone McGill was on paid administrative leave Wednesday, one day after he posted $1,500 bond and was released from jail. McGill, who was indicted last week, did not immediately return a call to The Associated Press.
Fellow workers said they told McGill, for several days starting in early May, that the trapped cat was heard meowing and he said he would rescue the animal, but never did.
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Days went by and the cat was continually heard crying and scratching to get out from behind the wall.
One employee reported that she was told there would be no holes cut into the wall to free the cat. An affidavit indicates the cat died sometime after May 11. The wall had to be cut to remove the dead animal, when workers complained about an odor.
McGill's indictment affidavit says he knowingly and recklessly tortured the cat.
It is not clear how the cat got inside the wall.