Animal cruelty trial underway

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WMAR) - The woman on trial for the death of at least 20 animals now says it was her husband's fault.

Opening statements kicked off the Elizabeth Lindenau case Thursday. Lindenau is charged with 60 counts of animal cruelty related to the discovery of 20 dead animals in a Columbia townhouse last January 16.  

Assistant State's Attorney Tiffany Vaira told jurors that the case "epitomizes cruelty." Vaira stated that necropsies performed on 20 dead, exotic birds, rabbits and cats would reveal that the "emaciate" animals suffered from starvation and dehydration.

During today's trial, Defense Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith told the jury that it was Lindenau's husband, Brady Decker, was responsible for the care and feeding of the animals discovered in the Columbia house.

Smith contended that Lindenau and her husband had moved to a different Columbia address and as the lease was expiring, Decker was responsible for the rescued animals still domiciled there.

Following opening statements, Howard County Police Officer Spencer Girard testified to the events of January 16 and 17.  He was the first responder when a property manager for Lindenau's landlord discovered the animals.

The trial is expected to continue into next week.

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