Burbank police officers were called to the 200 block of E. Cedar Ave. on Friday at 3:45 p.m. regarding a report of a dog having been stabbed.
Upon arrival, the officers discovered a adult male Cocker Spaniel named “Prince,” being tended to by his owner for what appeared to be several stab wounds. An initial investigation including interviews with several witnesses, determined that a woman identified as Charissa Marie Bodtcher, 23, of Burbank, had reportedly become angered with the dog’s on-going barking and attempts to nip at her when she visited the apartment complex of a relative.
On Friday, when she came to the location to visit and do her laundry, the dog approached her in the backyard of the location. According to police, Bodtcher left the yard and returned with her brother, Timo Adam Bodtcher, 18, of Burbank. Both the Bodtcher and her brother were reportedly involved in the stabbing of the dog with an eight-inch kitchen knife. Both suspects then fled the scene. Their mother, Maria Theresa Bodtcher, 47, of North Hollywood, aledgedly help them disposed of the knife in North Hollywood. The knife was later recovered by investigating officers.
“Prince” was transported to the Burbank Animal Shelter where he succumbed to his wounds.
Maria and Timo Bodtcher, were each arrested for felony animal cruelty. This mother, Maria Bodtcher, was arrested for being an accessory to animal cruelty. All three were transported to the Glendale Jail, with bail set a $20,000 each. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office is currently reviewing the case. Arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, at 8:30 a.m. in Burbank Superior Court.