Former Dallas Animal Services Manager Tyrone McGill's Trial Set to Start This Morning
|The hole in the animal shelter wall from which they removed the body of the dead cat two weeks after it was first reported to McGill|
But he didn't, and a week later employees of the shelter could smell the decomposing cat from the break room ... where they ate lunch. It wasn't until May 18 that a hole was cut in the wall and the corpse was finally removed. The indictment accuses McGill of "knowingly and recklessly [torturing]" the animal by his inaction.
For some, of course, there's still the question of why he remains on paid leave. Frank Librio, City Hall spokesman, is checking to see if that's still the case. (Update at 9:38 a.m.: It is. From Librio, via email, "Mr. McGill is on paid administrative leave.") Or, perhaps Interim Assistant City Manager Joey Zapata can answer that question; he's on the list of potential witnesses the District Attorney's Office sent to the court at the end of October, along with Johnnie England of Operation Kindness and Kent Robertson, McGill's former supervisor at the shelter, who resigned in August 2010. The whole witness list follows, as does the DA's jury questionnaire, which asks: Are pets an important part of your life? Well? McGill Jury QuestionnaireMcGillWitnessList