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Columbia Woman Charged in Grisly Discovery of 40 Dead Animals

A Columbia woman was indicted on charges of leaving dozens of animals to die in a townhouse on Lambeth Court.

A Columbia woman has been charged with 69 counts of animal cruelty in the discovery of 40 cats, birds and exotic animals in a Columbia townhouse last January. She faces up to three years in prison and a $345,000 fine.

A grand jury indicted Elizabeth Martha Lindenau, 40, of the 9400 block of Hundred Drums Row, according to court records unsealed Friday. She was arrested Thursday night by Howard County sheriff's deputies.

Lindenau has been associated with The Bailey Foundation, a bird rescue organization, according to Explore Howard. Calls to the Foundation were not returned Friday afternoon.

Lindenau was charged with 23 counts of abuse or neglect of an animal, 23 counts of animal cruelty, including failure to provide food, drink, veterinary care, air and shelter, and 23 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.

Howard County police and animal control officers responded to the 9600 block of Lambeth Court 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.

, they found 19 dead animals in a freezer, including birds, rabbits, a guinea pig and a hermit crab, according to police.

Officers found 21 dead animals, including birds, cats, rabbits and a snake, in cages and other areas around the home.

Investigators determined that the animals had no food or water in their cages, nor was it available to animals that roamed the house, according to police. There was in the home, but it was not accessible to the animals.

The heat and power in the house had been turned off, according to a statement.

According to neighbors, no one had been seen at the house for more than a week before police arrived.

The aggravated cruelty charge is a felony with a potential penalty, upon conviction, of up to three years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 on each count. The other charges are misdemeanors with a potential penalty, upon conviction, of up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000 on each count. 

Following Lindenau’s arrest, bail was set at $50,000.  She is scheduled for arraignment on April 20.

teresa r March 17, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Unfirtunately the Bailey Foundation had a great reputation before this woman came along~
rose bauman March 18, 2012 at 02:26 AM
I hope that sends a message to the public to BEWARE of the countless "rescues" and individuals who say they "do rescue"! And there are plenty out there! Not all are like this particular case, but hoarding by "rescue" groups,even 501(c)3 registered ones,has increased to 25% of the 6000 cases the ASPCA investigates each year. They exploit a brainwashed public which believes that someone else can find a "forever" home for the pets it no longer wants,but doesn't want "killed"! Maybe after 15 years of the "rescue-no kill-adoption" movement, it's time to rethink "rescue".These groups need oversight and quality control and hopefully they soon will become obsolete,because the writing is on the wall: they are filled with animals and so are shelters,and finding "forever" homes is getting quite difficult! The market is saturated and fifteen years has achieved nothing much!

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