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Arrest made in Eastland County animal cruelty case

EASTLAND COUNTY, Texas - Authorities have made an arrest in an animal cruelty investigation in Eastland County.

Doneil Lee Strawbridge, 27, was arrested and charged last week for cruelty to non-livestock animals, a Class A Misdemeanor, according to the Eastland County Sheriff's Office.

Strawbridge was released Thursday after posting bail. Her bond was set at $1,000.

SPCA investigators visited the site Wednesday after receiving a call. The Eastland County Sheriff's Office was asked to help and arrested Strawbridge on Wednesday. She had been living at the home for a few months and caring for the homeowner, authorities said.

The SPCA took three animals the same day they were found to be cared for and – one died overnight in a clinic. More than 25 dogs were found on the property. Seven animals were found dead on the property. Nineteen dogs are still alive, along with one cat. Medical treatment began Monday as the animals are checked for any issues and will be spayed and neutered.

Lynn Pitcox, SPCA investigator, said the animals are doing well, but it will be a while before they are ready to be adopted.

Pitcox said there's already a waiting list and multiple inquiries, but no photos of the animals have been posted online – and it will be between two weeks and two months before they are ready to be adopted.

Pitcox said they will be turning in paperwork about the investigation to Eastland County by the end of the week.

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