Attorney: Husband to Blame in Animal Deaths

Howard County state’s attorney’s office officials say the case “epitomizes cruelty.”


The attorney for the Columbia woman police found in a townhome in January said her husband was responsible for the care of the animals that had been found dead, starving or dehydrated.

Court officials said Elizabeth Martha Lindenau’s defense attorney, Jonathan Smith, argued during trial this week that “Lindenau and her husband had moved to another Columbia address and, as the townhouse lease was expiring, Decker was responsible for the rescued animals still domiciled there.”

Lindenau, 40, of the 9400 block of Hundred Drums Row, is charged with 60 counts of animal cruelty, the Howard County State’s Attorney’s office said.

She has pleaded not guilty.

Brady Decker, Lindenau’s husband, also has been indicted—he faces 69 counts of animal cruelty charges, according to online court records. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Howard County Circuit Court on Friday, records show. 

Howard County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Wayne Kirwan said that Assistant State’s Attorney Tiffany Vaira told the jurors during opening statements this week that the case “epitomizes cruelty.” 

Vaira said that necropsies performed on 20 dead exotic birds, rabbits and cats would reveal that the “emaciated” animals suffered from starvation and dehydration, according to Kirwan.

Howard County police and animal control officers responded to the 9600 block of Lambeth Court on Jan. 16 following a report from a property manager of odor coming from a townhouse. Officers discovered four live animals in poor condition and 40 dead animals in a grisly scene that made headlines across Maryland.

Lindenau has been associated with The Bailey Foundation, a bird rescue organization, according to Explore Howard.

"She had nothing to do with the animals being neglected," said her attorney in court this week, according to the Howard County Times. "This is a woman who has devoted her life to animals."

The trial is expected to continue into next week, according to Kirwan.

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Rachel Crosen August 24, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I cannot believe a woman who cared so much for animals, would never once go check on the welfare of those animals in the townhouse. Animal hoarding is a serious mental health issue. I can only hope that Mrs. Lindenau will get the help that she needs, its ashame that it was at the expense of innocent, sweet, animals.
Robin Thompson August 24, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I cannot believe she is blaming her husband. She is guilty herself. She knew exactly what was going on. In fact, several times she would sit in the car outside the home while her husband walked the dogs. She needs serious help and should NEVER be allowed around animals again!!!!
EL August 24, 2012 at 08:58 PM
So I am confused. ARe she and her husband together? Is she saying he was supposed to check/care for them and didn't? Wouldn't that have been noticed at some point?
Joe August 25, 2012 at 02:31 PM
This couple is not divorcing? When I first glanced the article I though a divorce left the home in limbo and one blamed the other for it. Now I see they are still a COUPLE and one blames the other for it? I bet this marriage is not going to last long.
Sandra August 25, 2012 at 03:02 PM
They should both go to jail. Acting like 3 year olds is not a good excuse!
Colliemom August 25, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Her attorney states she had nothing to do with neglecting animals? How ridiculous. This lady had everything to do with it; these animals were in her care and dependant upon her. She can't just decide to walk away from them and leave them to die, then blame someone else because she left them with no access to food and water. Were her fingers broken, so she was unable to call the animal control authorities for help for her animals? Sure hope this couple doesn't have children - the future wouldn't be looking too good for them, either.
Winona Kitto August 25, 2012 at 07:08 PM
It's time humans relinquish their dominion over animals. Abuse and neglect, live dissections, snuff films, over breeding, foie gras "delicacy", kidnapping baby monkeys, shark finning, elephants in train box cars for 20 hour periods, etc. All we have to offer them is hell on earth.
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