Animal Cruelty Charges Dropped Against Columbia Woman

18 misdemeanor charges related to neglect of animals still remain for Elizabeth Lindenau.


A Columbia woman was acquitted of 22 felony animal cruelty charges Thursday afternoon after Judge Louis A. Becker decided there was insufficient evidence against her.

Elizabeth Lindenau, 40, remains charged with 18 counts of animal neglect, a misdemeanor charge with a maximum penalty of 90 days in prison and a $1,000 fine per count.

"All of the evidence," said Becker, "shows a pattern of contact with animals that is directly opposite to the dictionary definition of cruel."

Becker said there was no evidence Lindenau had known or observed the conditions of the animals on or around Jan. 16, .

He said Lindenau would have to have consciously known of the pain and suffering of the animals at the townhouse.

Lindenau that she had no idea the animals had died in the townhouse because she wasn't living there.

She said she was living at her parents' house on Hundred Drums Row since April of 2011 and had only been back to the townhouse once in August.

Lindenau and her husband formerly lived together in the townhouse, but Lindenau said she moved out after a dispute with her neighbor.

Lindenau's husband, Brady Decker, during the trial that the animals at the townhouse were his responsibility.

He moved out of the townhouse to live with Lindenau on Hundreds Drum Row in November of 2011. He said he stopped caring for the animals after he discoved a beloved cockatoo dead inside the townhouse in mid-December of 2011. By that time, the power and water had been shut off in the house, according to Decker.

Decker was charged with 69 counts of animal cruelty in July and is awaiting trial.

Lindenau was on Tuesday as a "natural caregiver" who would nurse animals back to health and convince other pet owners to keep their animals if they struggled to care for them.

The 18 counts remaining against Lindenau are for failure to provide food, drink or necessary veterinarian care to animals in her care.

In March, Lindenau was with 69 counts of animal cruelty after police found 40 dead birds, cats and rabbits at a townhouse on Lambeth Court.

Before her trial started on Aug. 22, the charges were reduced to 60 counts, then 40 counts midway through the trial, and now 18 remain after Becker granted the motions of acquital Thursday afternoon.

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Colliemom September 06, 2012 at 08:15 PM
And I guess the husband (though apparently bright and stable enough to work at NSA) will also get off on some insanity type issues? Is no one going to be held criminally responsible for the pain these poor animals went through, for their deaths due to neglect? At the very least, they should never be allowed to own or provide care for any animals again, with periodic surprise inspections of their property. She had a responsibility to make sure these animals were cared for, and she just walked away from them.
EL September 07, 2012 at 12:39 AM
So they were living together (at her mother's house) and he never mentioned that he was no longer caring for the animals? OR she never said - gee we aren't paying any bills at the townhouse - how are all those animals I love so doing? I don't know if we aren't hearing all the story or what...but this doesn't seem to make sense.
Polly September 07, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Colliemom & EL you've both expressed my thoughts exactly. What a crock !
Charlie September 07, 2012 at 11:30 AM
It is simple: He said She said and No one takes the blame. I agree with Colliemom and EL The couple can hold jobs and conversations with one another yet the animals were never a topic of conversation? Polly I agree What a Crock!
Christine Brobeck September 07, 2012 at 12:23 PM
She new the animals were in that house. She states she ran a rescue group. Anyone with a brain would continue to check on animals left at another location. No excuses. She was just as responsible. The animals were originally in her care. They should never be allowed to own or take care of animals again!
Jessica September 07, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Elizabeth Lindenau needs to be locked in a cage without food or water for a week next to her husband. Let's hope these two special people don't have any CHILDREN together.
LB September 08, 2012 at 12:13 AM
She abandoned those animals and in my eyes... that is neglect... even if the husband said it was his responsibility... those were her animals... she did not once check on them to see how they were doing. She did not provide them with food or water and neither did he. They suffered a horrible death... starved, dehydrated, in the freezing cold with no heat and in the dark with no lights! Shame on both of them and for the legal system for the twist on words which is why the jury found her not guilty! All the animals they currently have should be taken away... they are hoarders and need help! If Brady Decker is found not guilty, there is no justice for animals in this world. I hope they have nightmares of all those dead animals every night for the rest of their lives!
kim burch September 09, 2012 at 11:37 AM
but the bitch knew them animals were in the house for all that time not being fed who cares if she heavy been to ruhr home on our around that date in jan she should be charged with leaving them in the houhise from april til jan only least checkin g on them 5 months earlier in august wtf how did she expect them to eat and survive, this bitch she be thrown in so cage and not be fed for a few months se if she survive ppl like this make me sick
kim burch September 09, 2012 at 11:38 AM
hadn't not heavy spell check
kim burch September 09, 2012 at 11:41 AM
@lb and jessica i agree but they need to do out longer than a weeklets see of she survives all them torturing months stories like this disgust me. animals (pets)and children need to be cared for the adults are on they own let them fend for them selves
Mr. Macy September 09, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Super upsetting
Mr. Macy September 09, 2012 at 08:40 PM
40 dead animals no one can be blamed? Great society.
Mr.Miagi September 09, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I have a sudden appetite for chicken nuggets after reading this.
NoPower September 09, 2012 at 10:50 PM
This woman is found not guilty yet she was found surrounded by dead animals? Did the animals commit suicide. Anyone found a note!!!??? The "justice" system NOT at work in Howard County again!


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