Brother, sister disemboweled aunt's dog, authorities allege
Charissa Bodtcher, 23, and her brother, Timo Bodtcher, 18, are due back in court March 7 to face felony animal cruelty charges after witnesses in the case described in gory detail how their aunt's cocker spaniel mix was found bleeding profusely Feb. 4 at a house in Burbank.
A police officer who arrived at the scene in the 200 block of East Cedar Avenue that day testified that he saw a trail of blood leading to the top of the steps, where the dog was still barely alive. The animal died later that day.
The dog, Prince, was described as black and white, about a 1 1/2 feet tall and 2 1/2 feet long.
Timo Bodtcher allegedly told the officer that the dog was "crazy" and that it "bites people."
Police have said the suspects' mother, Maria Theresa Bodtcher, 47, helped cover up the incident after her children fled the scene, disposing of the knife near a trash bin at a shopping mall near Victory Boulevard and Vineland Avenue.
Her charge was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor, and she was sentenced to three years of probation.
-- Maria Hsin, Times Community News
Photo: Timo Bodtcher. Credit: KTLA-TV