Executive Director of Bird Rescue Charged with 69 Counts of Animal Death

It’s a shudder inducing title, isn’t it?

A little background story:

The Bailey Foundation is a nonprofit organization in Columbia, Maryland. According to their website, they have been around since 2004, and specialize in exotic bird rescue, providing a sanctuary for birds in need. They were incorporated in Pennsylvania, and serve several locations on the East Coast. Former National Aquarium employee Beth Lindenau was named Executive Directory of The Bailey Foundation in recent years a year ago. I’ll let this news story from the Baltimore Sun tell the rest:

A Columbia woman accused of cruelty after 40 animals were found dead inside her home was indicted March 14 by a Howard County Grand Jury. Elizabeth Lindenau, 40, now of the 9400 block of Hundred Drums Row, is facing 69 criminal charges — 24 counts of animal cruelty, 21 counts of aggravated animal cruelty and 24 counts of failure to provide for an animal, according to online court records. A warrant for her arrest was issued March 15. She is free on $50,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Howard County Circuit Court on April 20.

County police were called Jan. 16 to the 9600 block of Lambeth Court, where Lindenau had lived, after the property manager called about odors coming from inside. Animal Control officers subsequently found 19 dead animals in a freezer — birds, rabbits, a guinea pig and a hermit crab, plus another 21 dead animals in cages and loose elsewhere, including birds, cats, rabbits and a snake, police said. There was no food or water in the cages, nor was it available to those that were loose, police said.

While there was pet food inside, it was not accessible to the animals. Also, the power and heat had been turned off. Four animals — two cats, a bearded dragon lizard and a gerbil — were rescued alive and put up for adoption, police said. Neighbors gave varying timelines for how long the residents at the Lambeth Court address had been gone. Police said the residents had been renting the home.

Investigators eventually found Lindenau in another house in Columbia with a large number of animals, dogs and cats and birds that police said appeared to have sufficient food and water and were being cared for. Lindenau has been listed as the executive director of The Bailey Foundation, an organization with a Columbia mailing address that rescues, rehabilitates and adopts out birds, according to its website. The foundation has not returned calls seeking comment.

The Parrot Posse, an online entity, has helped transfer over 9 remaining birds from this residence, to The Iowa Parrot Rescue. The Iowa Parrot Rescue has taken in 9 of the remaining birds from this residence. Species of birds included several amazons – orange winged, red lored, blue fronted; sun conures, a goffins cockatoo, and mitred conure. All of these birds were either previously surrendered by their owners to the foundation; or part of various ‘seizures’ from breeders or individuals. These poor birds have traveled a long and hard road, but are now (finally!) safe in the hands of a capable rescue. The Parrot Posse, an online avian entity, has donated $1,000 to the vet who is administering medical care to these birds.

If you want to help, consider donating to the Iowa Parrot Rescue, or Parrot Posse.

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Emily March 19, 2012 Bird News, Blog, Featured, The Birds