Husband Arraigned in Animal Cruelty Case

Brady Decker said the animals were his responsibility during his wife's trial.


The husband of a woman found not guilty of causing the deaths of more than a dozen animals in an abandoned Columbia townhouse was arraigned in Howard County Circuit Court on Thursday.

Brady Decker, 39, testified during his wife's trial in Sept. that it was his responsibility to take care of the birds, cats and rabbits left at a townhouse on Lambeth Court.

Decker, of the 9400 block of Hundred Drums Row, was indicted on 93 counts of animal cruelty and other charges relating to the animals' deaths, according to court records.

During his wife's trial, Decker testified that he was taking care of the animals inside the couple's townhouse after his wife moved from Lambeth Court to Hundred Drums Row in April of 2011. But in December of 2011, after power and water had been cut off at the townhouse, he said he stopped going to the home after he found a beloved bird dead.

Decker testified that "he completely lost it." He said people had seen him walk up to the townhouse after the bird died, but did not enter.

In January of 2012, police found 19 animals dead in cages and around the house, as well as another 21 dead in the freezer. A veterinarian testified they died of emaciation, a lack of water.

"I had responsibility for those animals," said Decker during his wife's trial. "I thought I was capable of taking care of them."

Decker is scheduled to next appear at a motions hearing on Jan. 17 and his trial is scheduled to begin on Feb. 13, according to an article in Explore Howard.

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Colliemom November 03, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I can appreciate sounds like this guy wasn't hitting on all cylinders, perhaps was clinically depressed. But there's just no excuse for leaving living creatures to starve/thrist to death; none. He could have told his wife he couldn't do it; could have called the county animal control and let them step in to save the lives. This is inexcusable; imagine the slow suffering these animals endured that led to their deaths.
Homer, Otto & Olivia November 03, 2012 at 06:39 PM
He will get off - if she got off there is no way any of the charges will stick. He is just a scapegoat for her animal hoarding. The courts turned it around and found something as plain and simple animal neglect - something to dicker about. It's very sad and a waste of time for everyone involved. I am saddened to know that these two will get off and will be able to do it again. There was alot of suffering on the parts of the animals - There was no need to prove this - it happened. THEY HAD THE ANIMALS! - they are responsible.
Voice of the Voiceless November 03, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Yet he and his wife managed to attend a public event just a week prior, and then go out to lunch with a group, telling them that the birds were all doing great, and were well cared for. Sitting around laughing, talking, and eating while these animals are suffering and slowly starving to death. She told everyone that her focus was offering an enriched and full life to these animals that she took in under false pretenses, then had the nerve to testify that she abandoned them in the Spring. That she had not even seen them for months and months. That the only care they were getting was bare minimum of food and water by her husband at the end of a long work day. When she also testified that she only worked four hours a week. I don't know how they sleep at night.
swashbuckler November 03, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Sad, sad,sad......I also believe he will get off. She WAS most definately responsible for the care of those aimals no matter what the courts decided. I do believe in the old adage "What comes around goes around". One day she will get what she deserves.
Homer, Otto & Olivia November 03, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Even if he is found guilty - who is going to take care of the MANY animals they NOW have in their new home in Columbia. They have (supposedly) OVER 60 - 70 birds in their home - this was in September near the trail date. I am sure he is caring for some of them now - who is going to take that on now if he has to serve time? They both need mental help and for the state to come take away the pets they have now. They are obviously unfit to care for so many animals. They kept their living situation a secret to the people they adopted the animals from - a sign that they are doing something wrong!!!! It mames me SICK!!!!
Laura Johnson November 04, 2012 at 12:18 AM
These people don't need mental help...they need JAIL TIME. This woman was the CEO of the Bailey Foundation. As such, she had a LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY to care for those birds and animals. When she assigned that responsibility to her husband, she should have MONITORED the situation. She did not. These people are despicable creatures one would not want to consider as decent humans. They deserve no respect, no compassion, because starving to death over days and weeks is a terrible way to die....and some of those birds had been taken from a good home by an animal rights activist group...only to go to their deaths in the care of these idiots. Dozens dead...because these people REALLY DIDN'T CARE! IMO these kinds of people need to be ostracized from polite society. They are evil.
Donna Jackson November 09, 2012 at 10:13 AM
So very sad. They should be made to know what it's like to have no food or water! God bless those babies and the ones they have now.
carol hope November 13, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I think they should both be sent away. Those poor animals died a slow painful death. They should never be allowed to own another pet for the rest if their lives.
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