updated 4/15/2008 6:57:10 PM ET 2008-04-15T22:57:10

The scandal-plagued Orange County Sheriff's Department is investigating whether jail staff used a Taser stun gun on a cat that was found dead on facility grounds.

The investigation comes after a scathing criminal grand jury report last week that found deputies at Theo Lacy Jail sent personal text messages and watched TV while inmates beat a fellow inmate to death.

Sheriff's spokesman John McDonald says a tipster told the department Monday that jail personnel used a Taser on the cat. The animal was later found dead on the jail grounds, between two fences.

It had been dead several weeks and a necropsy is pending. McDonald declined to say who reported the allegations.

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