Three Arrested After Stabbing Dog With Kitchen Knife


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.


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      • Your cousins are scum. People who abuse animals are the types of people who are serial killers and socio paths. This isn’t just an animal cruelty case, this is one of the most disturbing cases the authorities have seen. What this family put that dog through in it’s last moments alive will hopefully forever haunt their souls, their record, and their lives. Some people are a waste of space, and this family is clearly a waste of space on our planet. Wish that poor dog was alive and they were the ones that passed away. Sick monsters.

      • idk How to contact you Awiner I would love to know more about whats going to happen to them cause I know Chariissa pretty well and that is unlike her. Please let me know ASAP thanks!!!

    1. What kind of family is this? This is so beyond disturbing. Not even a mentally ill person would do this. All three of them need to be locked up for life and never ever let out in society. I wouldn’t want my kids, my family or anyone I know near these three disgusting individuals. They are beyond help. Lock them up and throw away the keys. Hope that poor dog is resting in peace now.

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