COLUMBIA, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — A Columbia woman has been indicted on 69 counts of animal cruelty charges after 40 dead animals were found in a town house in January.

Forty-year-old Elizabeth Lindenau, of the 9400 block of Hundred Drums Row, was arrested Thursday night after the indictment was returned Wednesday. It was not known if she has a lawyer.

Authorities went to a town house, which had not power or heat, on Jan. 16 after a property manager complained about an odor, and found dead birds, cats and rabbits.

Police say there was food inside the home, but it was not accessible by the animals. Water was also not provided.

Lindenau is free on $50,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Howard County Circuit Court on April 20.

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