BALTIMORE STANDING TOGETHER: WJZ, The Baltimore Sun & the University of Baltimore will hold town hall meetings to talk about the issues our city is facing. City leaders will share their plans & answer your questions. Be Heard Baltimore. CLICK HERE to contact us with your questions.

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — A Columbia woman on trial for animal cruelty contends her husband was responsible for the 40 dead animals found in her townhouse in January.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Elizabeth Lindenau’s trial began Thursday in Ellicott City.

She and her husband Brady Decker are both charged with 69 counts of animal cruelty. His arraignment was set for Friday.

Lindenau’s lawyer Jonathan Smith said in his opening statement that the couple had recently moved out of the townhouse. He said Decker was supposed to feed the animals they left behind.

Police say the dead animals included birds, cats, rabbits, a guinea pig and a snake.

Prosecutor Tiffany Avira said the case epitomizes animal cruelty. She says the animal deaths were no accident.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Baltimore

Track Weather On The Go With Our App!
CBS All Access

Watch & Listen LIVE