Tyrone McGill, the manager of the Dallas Animal Shelter where a cat was allowed to die a slow death inside a wall, has been indicted by a grand jury on felony cruelty charges and placed on paid administrative leave. Details of the case from the affidavit:
On May 4, shelter employee Kimberly Killebrew asked McGill what could be done to free the cat, and McGill said he would handle it, the affidavit states.
“As time went on and the cat grew weaker and less vocal, Killebrew continued to bring up the issue with the defendant,” the affidavit stated. “The defendant repeatedly indicated to her that he was taking care of it.”
But little was done beyond removing a few ceiling tiles, according to the affidavit.
By May 8, the cat stopped crying, though employees could still hear it moving.
“Upset, Killebrew pushed the issue and was told by the defendant that Building Services would be notified on Monday, May 10, 2010. On Tuesday, May 11, 2010, Killebrew returned to work and when it appeared nothing had been done, Killebrew again pushed the issue about cutting the cat out: the defendant responded the wall would not be cut,” the affidavit stated.
The cat died sometime after that, and the stench became so bad that its remains had to be cut from the shelter wall.
Had to be. Cos it was smelly. And that is just unacceptable.
Mr. McGill has been on the city payroll since 1993. He took on the shelter manager position two years ago for an annual salary of more than $66,000. Which isn’t too shabby considering his animal experience was a big fat zero:
McGill, the shelter’s manager for about two years, acknowledged when the took the position that he was not trained or experienced in handling animals, according to Skip Trimble, chairman of the city’s Animal Shelter Commission.
“When we met, he admitted he knew nothing about animals, but that he was eager to learn. … I have to say that I am shocked. But it’s true he didn’t have animal experience,” Trimble said.
I have to say that I am shocked the city would hire someone who “knew nothing about animals” to run the goddamn animal shelter. More from Mr. Trimble:
A culture of fear at the shelter may have kept employees from taking their concerns to higher-level officials or shelter commissioners, he said.
Well. Sounds like a nice little place the city’s got there. Oh wait – I mean: I have to say I’m shocked!
The editors of the Dallas Morning News all gave their opinions on the situation here. They are generally unhappy about what happened but call for some perspective on the incident (there are kids starving in China you know). One editor suggests it’s “time to stop the emotional handwringing over this cat”. So there ya go. I wonder if this case will go to a jury and if the editors’ views are at all representative of the Dallas jury pool.